Stella C. Wong

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Recreational drugs, such as cocaine and heroin, are often adulterated with other pharmacological agents to either enhance or diminish the drug effects. Between April 21, 2006 and August 8, 2006, the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office detected xylazine (a veterinary sedative) and fentanyl (a synthetic opioid) in specimens taken from seven cases. Initial(More)
Suboxone (buprenorphine/naloxone) is an oral medication used for the treatment of opiate dependence. Because of its mixed properties at the opiate receptors, buprenorphine has a ceiling on its euphoric effects. We report the first case of serotonin syndrome caused by buprenorphine and review other medications implicated in serotonin syndrome. A 54-year-old(More)
Fentanyl is an increasingly common drug of abuse. The Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office reported 252 drug-related deaths in Philadelphia that tested positive for fentanyl during the year 2006 in comparison to 22 and 19 in 2005 and 2004, respectively. We reviewed the data from 2004 to 2006 from the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's office. Key words such(More)
The presence of clenbuterol, a beta2-adrenergic agonist banned for human use in the United States because of its serious side effects, is reported in a series of 12 postmortem cases in which the cause of death was attributed to illicit drug use. During the first three months of 2007, postmortem specimens from cases previously screening positive for opiates(More)
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