Journal Article

A Case of Homicidal Poisoning Involving Several Drugs

T. Saito, S. Takeichi, Y. Nakajima, N. Yukawa and M. Osawa

in Journal of Analytical Toxicology

Volume 21, issue 7, pages 584-586
Published in print November 1997 | ISSN: 0146-4760
Published online November 1997 | e-ISSN: 1945-2403 | DOI:
A Case of Homicidal Poisoning Involving Several Drugs

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Accidental or suicidal poisonings due to benzodiazepines have been previously reported. A case of fatal, homicidal poisoning with benzodiazepines, antipyretic analgesics (anti-inflammatory drugs), and beer is described here. In this homicidal poisoning, the drugs and beer were given to the decedent by his wife. Autopsy findings showed no clinically significant macroscopic findings except for slight postmortem change. Capillary gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry was employed to quantitate the drugs in biological fluids and stomach contents. Six drugs (brotizolam, triazolam, ibuprofen, dihydrocodeine, phenylpropanolamine, and chlorpheniramine) were identified and quantitated in blood, urine, and stomach contents. Although each drug was present in a very small quantity, the cause of death was determined to be the combination of these drugs and alcohol poisoning.

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