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A series of forensic toxicology and drug seizure cases involving illicit fentanyl alone and in combination with heroin, cocaine or heroin and cocaine.
J Anal Toxicol. 2014 Oct; 38(8):592-8.JA

Abstract

The Montgomery County Coroner's Office Toxicology Section and the Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab (MVRCL) Drug Chemistry Section have been receiving case work in drug seizures, death cases and human performance cases involving products marketed as heroin or as illicit fentanyl. Upon analysis by the Drug Chemistry Section, these products were found to contain various drug(s) including illicit fentanyl only, illicit fentanyl and heroin, illicit fentanyl and cocaine and illicit fentanyl, heroin and cocaine. Both the Chemistry and Toxicology Sections began seeing these combinations starting in late October 2013. The percentage of the combinations encountered by the MVRCL as well as the physical appearance of the product, and the results of presumptive screening tests will be discussed. The demographics of the users and the results of toxicology and autopsy findings on the decedents will also be discussed. According to regional drug task force undercover agents, there is evidence that some of the products are being sold as illicit fentanyl and not just as a heroin product. Also, there is no evidence to support that the fentanyl source is being diverted from pharmaceutical grade fentanyl. The chemistry section currently has over 109 confirmed cases, and the toxicology section currently has 81 confirmed drug deaths, 8 driving under the influence of drugs and 1 suicidal hanging. Both sections are continuing to see these cases at the present time.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Montgomery County Coroner's Office (MCCO)/Miami Valley Regional Crime Laboratory (MVRCL), Dayton, OH, USA LMarinetti@redwoodtoxicology.com.Montgomery County Coroner's Office (MCCO)/Miami Valley Regional Crime Laboratory (MVRCL), Dayton, OH, USA.

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Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

25217552

Citation

Marinetti, Laureen J., and Brooke J. Ehlers. "A Series of Forensic Toxicology and Drug Seizure Cases Involving Illicit Fentanyl Alone and in Combination With Heroin, Cocaine or Heroin and Cocaine." Journal of Analytical Toxicology, vol. 38, no. 8, 2014, pp. 592-8.
Marinetti LJ, Ehlers BJ. A series of forensic toxicology and drug seizure cases involving illicit fentanyl alone and in combination with heroin, cocaine or heroin and cocaine. J Anal Toxicol. 2014;38(8):592-8.
Marinetti, L. J., & Ehlers, B. J. (2014). A series of forensic toxicology and drug seizure cases involving illicit fentanyl alone and in combination with heroin, cocaine or heroin and cocaine. Journal of Analytical Toxicology, 38(8), 592-8. https://doi.org/10.1093/jat/bku086
Marinetti LJ, Ehlers BJ. A Series of Forensic Toxicology and Drug Seizure Cases Involving Illicit Fentanyl Alone and in Combination With Heroin, Cocaine or Heroin and Cocaine. J Anal Toxicol. 2014;38(8):592-8. PubMed PMID: 25217552.
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