A Case of Homicidal Poisoning Involving Several Drugs

T. Saito, S. Takeichi, Y. Nakajima, N. Yukawa, M. Osawa
1997 Journal of Analytical Toxicology  
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
more » ... itate 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.
doi:10.1093/jat/21.7.584 pmid:9399131 fatcat:5cjuyr5lezabbmwg6tlgy45rmi