Retrospective study of all cases in Australia in which barbiturates use was a mechanism contributory to death.
Professor Johan Duflou
University of Sydney
Dr Fiona Shand
Black Dog Institute, University of New South Wales
Increasing concerns regarding the harms of barbiturates.
The study aimed to:
- Determine the characteristics, and circumstances of death, of all recorded cases of barbiturate-related death in Australia;
- Determine the toxicology of such deaths; and
- Determine the major organ pathology of cases.
Data collection completed.
This paper presents the first national clinical profile of death related to the use of barbiturates.