Issues in the interpretation of postmortem toxicology

Roger W. Byard, Danielle M. Butzbach

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    From the earliest times humans have utilized a wide variety of manufactured and natural substances to treat disease [1], to facilitate religious ritual and to augment recreational activities. In modern Western societies the range of prescription, non-prescription and illicit drugs that are available is probably greater than in any previous time and so the challenge for toxicology laboratories to identify specific substances is considerable. Cases that involve drugs that are encountered in forensic practice are varied, ranging from inadvertent deaths due to the direct toxic actions of a drug, to exacerbations of underlying disease, and to suicides and homicides.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)205-207
    Number of pages3
    JournalForensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology
    Issue number3
    Early online date15 Sept 2011
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2012


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