Methadone toxicity in infants: a report of two fatalities

Mistry, V.; Jeffery, A. J.; Madira, W.; Padfield, C. J. H.; Rutty, G. N.
June 2010
Forensic Science, Medicine & Pathology;Jun2010, Vol. 6 Issue 2, p116
Academic Journal
Fatalities in infants resulting from methadone toxicity are rare within the United Kingdom. We report two cases of fatality attributed to methadone toxicity in infants aged 3½ and 15 months of age, respectively. One of the two cases was also associated with diazepam ingestion. We discuss the difficulties with the interpretation of paediatric forensic toxicology and review the current literature related to methadone and diazepam toxicity in infants and older children.


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