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NCJ Number: 158064 Find in a Library
Title: Role of Ethanol in Heroin Deaths
Journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:40  Issue:5  Dated:(September 1995)  Pages:808-810
Author(s): B Levine; D Green; J E Smialek
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 3
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study used data compiled over a 12-month period from the Maryland Office of the Medical Examiner to evaluate the role of ethanol in heroin-related deaths.
Abstract: All cases were tested for ethanol, and therapeutic and controlled drugs using color tests, gas chromatography, and immunoassay. During the reporting period, 59 percent of the 119 deaths attributed to narcotic or narcotic and alcohol intoxication had a blood ethanol concentration of at least 0.02 g/dL. Of the 45 cases identified with either morphine or morphine and ethanol as incidental findings in deaths due to other causes, only 6.7 percent were associated with blood ethanol concentrations exceeding 0.02 g/dL. At all ranges of free morphine concentrations, there was a greater percentage of narcotic deaths associated with ethanol. 4 tables and 8 references
Main Term(s): Heroin
Index Term(s): Criminology; Drug overdose; Drug testing; Drunkenness; Maryland; Science and Technology
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