Detection of stimulants from charred bodies killed by a traffic accident: Distribution in the bodies

Rika Nakajima, Tatsuo Shinozuka, Setsuko Takei, Osamu Ohue, Mineko Baba, Ayako Ro, Junichi Yanagida, Tatsuya Murai

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This paper deals with detection of methamphetamine in body fluids and organs of a driver and a passenger involved in a motor vehicle accident. The two charred bodies were found in the vehicle. Urine samples collected at autopsies were screened by the Triage® plus TCA, and the results suggested the presence of amphetamines. The presence of either methamphetamine or its major metabolite amphetamine in both urine was confirmed by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry. Quantitative analysis of methamphetamine was made by gas chromatography with a flame thermionic detector. Methamphetamine concentrations detected from blood, urine, the liver and kidney of the driver were 1.78, 13.5, 3.51 and 1.44 μmol/100 ml or g, respectively. These results suggested that methamphetamine did affect the recklessness of driving, which lead them to the accident. The importance of the so-called DUID was also emphasized.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-55
Number of pages7
JournalJapanese Journal of Forensic Toxicology
Volume20
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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Methamphetamine
Highway accidents
Traffic Accidents
Urine
Gas chromatography
Accidents
Amphetamines
Triage
Body fluids
Body Fluids
Motor Vehicles
Amphetamine
Metabolites
Gas Chromatography
Liver
Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry
Mass spectrometry
Autopsy
Blood
Detectors

Keywords

  • Charred body
  • DUID
  • GC
  • GC/MS
  • Methamphetamine
  • Traffic accident

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Toxicology

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Detection of stimulants from charred bodies killed by a traffic accident : Distribution in the bodies. / Nakajima, Rika; Shinozuka, Tatsuo; Takei, Setsuko; Ohue, Osamu; Baba, Mineko; Ro, Ayako; Yanagida, Junichi; Murai, Tatsuya.

In: Japanese Journal of Forensic Toxicology, Vol. 20, No. 1, 2002, p. 49-55.

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Nakajima, Rika ; Shinozuka, Tatsuo ; Takei, Setsuko ; Ohue, Osamu ; Baba, Mineko ; Ro, Ayako ; Yanagida, Junichi ; Murai, Tatsuya. / Detection of stimulants from charred bodies killed by a traffic accident : Distribution in the bodies. In: Japanese Journal of Forensic Toxicology. 2002 ; Vol. 20, No. 1. pp. 49-55.
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