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Complex suicide with homemade nicotine patches.
Forensic Science International
Publication types: Case Reports ; Journal Article Publication Status: ppublish, pdf : Case Report
Suicide by self-poisoning is rather common around the world. This paper presents an exceptional complex suicide in which nicotine was applied in the form of self-made patches soaked with an extraction from fine-cut tobacco. In addition, the 51-year-old suicide victim took a lethal dose of diphenhydramine. Toxicological analysis also revealed the presence of tetrazepam in subtherapeutic concentrations. The scene of death suggested an autoerotic accident at first, as the body was tied with tapes, cables and handcuffs. As a result of the entire investigations, the fatality had to be classified as a suicidal intoxication by nicotine and diphenhydramine.
Chromatography, Liquid, Diphenhydramine/analysis, Diphenhydramine/poisoning, Forensic Toxicology, Ganglionic Stimulants/administration & dosage, Ganglionic Stimulants/analysis, Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry, Humans, Hypnotics and Sedatives/analysis, Hypnotics and Sedatives/poisoning, Male, Middle Aged, Nicotine/administration & dosage, Nicotine/analysis, Suicide, Tobacco Use Cessation Products
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