Examiners ("NAME") Position Paper
on the Certification of
Stephens BG, Jentzen JM, Karch S, Wetli CV, Mash DC: National association of
medical examiners position paper on the certification of cocaine-related deaths.
Am J Forensic Med Pathol (March) 2004;25: 11-13.
I've posted this American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
article in PDF file format.
If you don't have an Adobe Acrobat PDF file program, you can download a FREE version HERE.
National Association of Medical Examiners Position Paper
on the Certification of Cocaine-Related Deaths
CHAS' "REVIEW" of this PAPER:
Miller CD. Response to the NAMEposition paper
on the certification of cocaine-related deaths and
Criteria for the interpretation of cocaine levels in human
biological samples and their relation to the cause of death.
Sent February 25, 2004: But DISREGARDED by NAME
and the Am J Forensic Med Pathol
Although these authors provided a few GREAT points and directives,
they MISSED a whole LOT of very important considerations.
This letter was originally posted on the March 2004 NAME position paper page,
following that paper's PDF file link, on February 25, 2004. A separate Library page
was posted when Dr. Wecht's letter came to light, in January, 2005.
SEE ALSO: Allegheny County Coroner, Cyril H. Wecht (MD, JD)'s
"REVIEW" of this PAPER:
Wecht CH. Response to the NAME position paper
on the certification of cocaine-related deaths.
Am J Forensic Med Pathol (December) 2004;25: 362-363.
"... the adamant refusal of some of our colleagues to even consider
police misconduct and brutality as the underlying feature of such cases is
most regrettable and, in my opinion, morally and ethically indefensible."
RIGHT ON, DR. WECHT!!!
This letter was originally posted in January, 2005.