Opioid overdose deaths can occur in patients with naltrexone implants.

Abstract

From Australian coronial records, we identified five deaths involving implantable naltrexone between 2000 and 2004. One man died from acute narcotism with a naltrexone implant in place and a blood naltrexone level of 0.3 mg/L. A woman died of combined drug effect (including naltrexone) accompanied by severe pain from a naltrexone implant site. These cases… (More)

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