Forensic toxicology findings in deaths involving gamma-hydroxybutyrate

  title={Forensic toxicology findings in deaths involving gamma-hydroxybutyrate},
  author={Fredrik C. Kugelberg and Anita Holmgren and Arne Eklund and Alan Wayne Jones},
  journal={International Journal of Legal Medicine},
Concentrations of the illicit drug gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) were determined in femoral venous blood and urine obtained at autopsy in a series of GHB-related deaths (N = 49). The analysis of GHB was done by gas chromatography after conversion to gamma-butyrolactone and quantitation of the latter with a flame ionization detector. The cutoff concentration of GHB in femoral blood or urine for reporting positive results was 30 mg/L. The deceased were mainly young men (86%) aged 26.5 ± 7.2 years… CONTINUE READING


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