Year: 1989 Source: Journal of Forensic Sciences, v.34, no.1, (January 1989), p.244-248 SIEC No: 19920711

The authors report on 3 cases in which depression & desperation over cocaine dependence were the motivations for suicide. True cocaine suicide is probably only identified through the presence of objective scene information that unequivocally proves suicidal intent, such as notes or letters which contain information to this effect. A careful search of the scene of death in cocaine fatalities is mandatory, & may reveal that suicide through the use of cocaine is more widespread than thought.