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6-Acetylmorphine and the Ratio of Morphine to Codeine in the Evaluation of a Patient for Heroin Use

Specialty:

Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
Emergency Medicine & Critical Care
Emergency Medicine & Critical Care

Objective:

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Description:

Both codeine and heroin are opiates and derivatives of morphine which are metabolized to morphine. Distinction of a person abusing heroin from someone who may be using codeine as a prescription medication can be done based on toxicologic analysis.

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