THE ROLE OF DEXTROMETHORPHAN IN EIGHT FATAL OVERDOSES

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The Authors evaluate the role of dextromethorphan as heroin adulterant. From De-cember 2010 through April 2013, in our Laboratory of Forensic Toxicology of Universi-ty of Catania, eight fatal overdose of heroin cut with dextromethorphan were ob-served. Our first case (December 2010) was the earliest report in Italy. For these rea-sons we focused our interest on this cutting substance, studying its pharmacological interaction with the depressive morphine action on central nervous system.

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