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NCJ Number: 150472 Find in a Library
Title: Cocaine Psychosis: Interpretation Difficulties
Journal: Journal of the Canadian Society of Forensic Science  Volume:27  Issue:2  Dated:(June 1994)  Pages:81-85
Author(s): H Dinn
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 5
Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: A literature review and discussion of cocaine psychosis emphasizes distinguishing the normal expected effects of cocaine from the hallmark features of cocaine psychosis.
Abstract: Recently, due to the increased availability and popularity of cocaine, the phenomenon of cocaine-induced psychosis is becoming more common. The psychotic condition is generally defined as a profound disruption of normal mental functioning. One of the most significant effects of cocaine in the commission of crime is the effect of a loss of impulse control. This loss of impulse control combined with decreased inhibitions (social, emotional, and sexual), increased self confidence, increased suspicion, and a physical "set" to act may result in explosive, aggressive, violent behavior. Cocaine psychosis involves a break with reality where an individual's behavior and actions are guided by beliefs or feelings of persecution that are not based in reality. As the effects of cocaine progress along a continuum, it is difficult to determine the point where individuals "cross the line" from the conscious understanding of their actions to a break with reality and potential nonresponsibility. The final assessment of psychosis must be based on the individual's behavior at the time of the incident. 13 references
Main Term(s): Drug Related Crime
Index Term(s): Cocaine; Courts; Criminal responsibility; Diminished capacity defense
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