BARBITURATES AND ALCOHOL IN B.C. TRAFFIC FATALITIES

Coroners' records and toxicology reports on 721 fatally injured drivers in British Columbia were examined. Of these, 594 who died within six hours of the crash were studies for alcohol and barbiturates inasmuch as previous work has shown that the frequency of testing is directly related to the time of death. Among these victims, a high rate of testing was found, with specimens for 505 (85%) of the victims being subjected to chemcial analyses. At least 46% of these drivers who died within six hours were found to be imparired, i.e., and B.A.C.'s in excess of 80 mg. %. The frequency for testing for barbiturates was less than the testing for alcohol, but, nevertheless, reasonably substantial with 197 victims being screened for barbiturates. Only five of these were postitive. The incidence of barbiturates is comparable to what has been found in other studies and the implications of these data for future work in the area are considered. /Author/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Proceedings of 21st Conference, September 15-17, 1977. Sponsored by Non-Medical Use of Drugs Directorate, Ottawa, Ontario and by Canadian Ministry of Transport.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Association for Automotive Medicine

    801 Green Bay Road
    Lake Bluff, IL  USA  60044
  • Authors:
    • Simpson, H M
    • Warren, R A
    • Collard, D
    • Page-Valin, L
  • Conference:
  • Publication Date: 1977-9

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 219-225

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00176781
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-053-3-609
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 19 1978 12:00AM