Asphyxiation as a Consequence of “Body Stuffing”

  title={Asphyxiation as a Consequence of “Body Stuffing”},
  author={Sheila C. Sullivan and Joseph A. Prahlow},
  journal={Forensic Research \& Criminology International Journal},
  • S. Sullivan, J. Prahlow
  • Published 17 November 2016
  • Psychology
  • Forensic Research & Criminology International Journal
“Body stuffing” is a hazardous practice in which substance dealers or abusers quickly ingest or conceal illicit substances to evade arrest or possession charges from law enforcement. This case report describes the asphyxiation death of an individual suspected of body stuffing. 

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