Prospective evaluation of 'crack-vial' ingestions

R. S. Hoffman, W. K. Chiang, R. S. Weisman, L. R. Goldfrank

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The 'crack' (cocaine alkaloid) epidemic has resulted in an increasing number of hospitalizations of 'crack-vial body-stuffers,' or patients who ingest 'crack-vials' in an attempt to avoid prosecution. Management strategies for this type of ingestion are lacking because of the pancity of data. This report dicusses the demographics and symptomatology of 23 patients with 'crack-vial' ingestions, as well as the value of abdominal radiographs and the utility of varied strategies for decontamination in this patient population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)164-167
Number of pages4
JournalVeterinary and Human Toxicology
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 18 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology
  • veterinary(all)
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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