Sotiris A Athanaselis

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Substituted phenethylamines are a class of designer drugs that have recently emerged in the drug abuse market. Such substances remain legal to use, possess, and supply until these compounds become classified as scheduled. 2C-I-NBOMe or 25I-NBOMe is the N-benzyl-derivative of the iodo-substituted dimethoxy-phenethylamine (2C-I) that appeared recently in the(More)
Alcohol is one of the main causes of traffic accidents worldwide. Its use decreases significantly the driving ability of an individual as well as the reflexes of a pedestrian increasing in this way the possibilities of their involvement in motor-vehicle accidents. The above possibilities are increased when a psychoactive substance has been taken in(More)
AH-7921 is a structurally unique synthetic opioid analgesic that has recently entered the drug arena in Europe, the USA, and Japan. Although it was synthesized and patented in the mid-1970s, it was first identified in a seized sample purchased via the Internet in July 2012 and formally brought to the attention of the European Union early warning system in(More)
Drug-facilitated sexual assaults have drawn a lot of attention during the last years. The role of the non-forensic doctors in the early recognition and management of such cases is crucial. Diagnosis assisted by samplings must be ascertained without delay, in victims initially brought to the emergency room for a sleepy state, a suspected abuse of drug or a(More)
The possible immunomodulative effects of aflatoxin B1 and selenium (as sodium selenite) at concentrations lower than 5.10(-11) M or 0.05ppb and 10(-5) M, respectively on natural killer (NK) cells from healthy volunteers were evaluated by a 51Cr release natural killer assay. Aflatoxin B1 and selenium separately had an immunosuppressive effect on NK cell(More)
Substituted phenethylamines are a class of designer drugs that hold a significant position in the drug abuse market. The most important substances within this class appear to be 4-bromo-2,5-dimethoxyphenethylamine (2C-B) and its novel derivative 2-(4-bromo-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl)-N-(2-methoxybenzyl)ethanamine (25B-NBOMe). Intoxications related to 2C-B use are(More)
"Krokodil" is the street name for the semi-synthetic opioid derivative desomorphine. Although an old drug, it re-staged on "drug arena" during the last decade causing detrimental effects to its users. Despite the fact that Russia and other former Soviet Republics were the initial plagued countries, "krokodil" arrived in Europe and United States lately, as a(More)
INTRODUCTION The purpose of this report is to describe the main autopsy and laboratory findings from a large number of drowning victims in Greece. METHODS A retrospective analysis was carried out of the consecutive cases of drowning victims autopsied in our department during the period 1997-2004. RESULTS A total of 197 submersion cases were referred to(More)
The delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol (delta9-THC) content was identified and determined quantitatively using a Gas Chromatography Detector (Gas Chromatography-Electron Ion Detector) instrument in samples of illicit herbal cannabis. Law enforcement authorities sent the samples to the Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, University of Athens, for(More)
Acetylfentanyl is a potent synthetic opioid analgesic that has been increasingly available in America, Europe, Japan, China, and Australia during the last years. It has no approved medical or veterinary use, but it is used illicitly around the world as a substitute of its controlled precursor, fentanyl, as well as of heroin or other related substances in(More)