Year: 1990 Source: Human & Experimental Toxicology, v.9, no.4, (July 1990), p.221-230 SIEC No: 19910504

This study examines the accuracy of clinical information gathered at the hospital admission of individuals who deliberately poisoned themselves, as compared to the results of drug analysis. The authors found that the accuracy of clinical impressions of the type of drug used were fairly high, & discrepancies usually involved secondary drugs. They conclude that extensive pharmacological drug analyses play a limited role in the routine management of self-poisoning cases. (VM)