Bertol, Elisabetta and Trignano, Claudia and Di Milia, Maria Grazia and Di Padua, Marianna and Mari, Francesco (2008) Cocaine-related deaths: an enigma still under investigation. Forensic Science International, Vol. 176 (2-3), p. 121-123. ISSN 0379-0738. Article.
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In recent years there has been an increase interest in cocaine-related death reflecting the rising trend in cocaine use in Europe. Nevertheless is still now very difficult to attribute a death to cocaine. We can affirm that cocaine can be responsible for the cause of death only when there is a reasonably complete understanding of the circumstances or facts surrounding the death. Isolated blood cocaine levels are not enough to assess lethality, should be always considered and evaluated in relation to concentrations of cocaine and benzoylecgonine concentrations in body tissue compartments, especially in brain and blood.
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