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Type: Journal article
Title: Caffeine toxicity in forensic practice: possible effects and under-appreciated sources
Author: Musgrave, I.
Farrington, R.
Hoban, C.
Byard, R.
Citation: Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology, 2016; 12(3):299-303
Publisher: Springer
Issue Date: 2016
ISSN: 1547-769X
1556-2891
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Ian F. Musgrave, Rachael L. Farrington, Claire Hoban, Roger W. Byard
Abstract: Caffeine is considered a very safe stimulant and is widely consumed in a variety of forms, from pure caffeine to beverages and foods. Typically, death is only seen when gram quantities of caffeine are consumed, usually in suicide attempts. Even in this scenario, death is rare. However, there are special populations that need to be considered in forensic presentations, who may be at greater risk. These include poor metabolizers, people with liver disease, and people with cardiac conditions, who can die as a result of caffeine intake at levels well below what is ordinarily considered toxic. Also, caffeine intake may be hidden. For example, herbal medicines with substantial caffeine content may not disclose these concentrations on their product label. The role of caffeine in medicolegal deaths is yet to be defined, however, herbal medicines and herbal weight loss supplements may represent an underappreciated source of caffeine in this context.
Keywords: Caffeine; toxicity; forensic; death; caffeine-intoxication; herbal medicine; pharmacokinetics; undeclared sources; review
Rights: © Springer Science+Business Media New York 2016
RMID: 0030050080
DOI: 10.1007/s12024-016-9786-9
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