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Tormey, William P and Sabah, Muna and Moore, Tara M (2013) Methadone, codeine and acute haemorrhagic necrotising pancreatitis: which came first? Forensic Science International , 226 , (1-3) , e52-53.

Acute haemorrhagic necrotising pancreatitis lead to the death at home of a young female who was on a methadone maintenance programme. Toxic levels of codeine with potentially lethal levels of methadone and morphine were found at post-mortem. Whether opiates caused the pancreatitis or were the consequence of self-medication for pain is impossible to differentiate. Forensic toxicology may pose the question but be unable to provide the answer.


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