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Blood levels of 3-methylfentanyl in 3 fatal poisoning cases.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17133031     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Three fatal poisoning cases due to 3-methylfentanyl are described. In each case, the death was accidental and occurred after injection of the opioid combined with amphetamine, heroin, or other drugs. The victims' ages, ranging from 30 to 41 years, were higher than those typically found in heroin poisonings in Finland. The blood concentrations of cis-3-methylfentanyl, measured here for the first time by a specific tandem mass spectrometric method, ranged from 0.3 to 0.9 microg/L (mean 0.5 microg/L). These values are significantly lower than the levels reported for alpha-methylfentanyl and fentanyl in fatal poisonings. Repeated seizures of fentanyl and its analogs have been reported in Europe close to the Russian border.
Ilkka Ojanperä; Merja Gergov; Ilpo Rasanen; Philippe Lunetta; Sauli Toivonen; Erkki Tiainen; Erkki Vuori
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of forensic medicine and pathology     Volume:  27     ISSN:  0195-7910     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Forensic Med Pathol     Publication Date:  2006 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-11-29     Completed Date:  2007-02-15     Revised Date:  2011-02-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8108948     Medline TA:  Am J Forensic Med Pathol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  328-31     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland.
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MeSH Terms
Analgesics / blood,  poisoning*
Chromatography, Liquid
Fentanyl / analogs & derivatives*,  blood,  poisoning
Forensic Medicine
Mass Spectrometry
Poisoning / pathology
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Analgesics; 42045-86-3/3-methylfentanyl; 437-38-7/Fentanyl

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