Journal of Forensic Toxicology & PharmacologyISSN: 2325-9841

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Review Article, J Forensic Toxicol Pharmacol Vol: 3 Issue: 2

A Guide for the Interpretation of Postmortem Methamphetamine Findings: A Series of Case Reports

Kelley Quigley*, Kevin Shanks, George Behonick and Andrea Terrell
AIT Laboratories, Indianapolis, IN 46241, USA
Corresponding author : Kelley M Quigley
AIT Laboratories, Indianapolis, IN 46241, USA
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Received: February 06, 2014 Accepted: April 08, 2014 Published: April 15, 2014
Citation: Quigley K, Shanks K, Behonick G, Terrell A (2014) A Guide for the Interpretation of Postmortem Methamphetamine Findings: A Series of Case Reports. J Forensic Toxicol Pharmacol 3:2. doi:10.4172/2325-9841.1000117

Abstract

A Guide for the Interpretation of Postmortem Methamphetamine Findings: A Series of Case Reports

Incidents involving illicit methamphetamine have demonstrated a dramatic increase in recent years. This prevalence has been attributed to its low cost, availability and extended duration of action. Furthermore, the ease of production from inexpensive, readily available materials has contributed to its increased production and distribution. When used moderately, effects include euphoria, increased heart rate, elevated blood pressure, reduced appetite and loss of inhibition. Excessive or chronic use may lead to manic and violent behavior, dizziness, confusion, hyperthermia, seizure, cardiorespiratory depression and death.

Keywords: Methamphetamine; Postmortem; Interpretation; Fatality

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