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Sudden death in cocaine abusers

13 January 2010

Forensic pathologists have shown that over three per cent of all sudden deaths in south-west Spain are related to the use of cocaine. They believe their findings can be extrapolated to much of the rest of Europe, indicating that cocaine use is a growing public health problem in Europe and that there is no such thing as “safe” recreational use of small amounts of the drug.

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Published in European Heart Journal, Advance Access, 12 January 2010.

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BBC - No such thing as 'safe' cocaine, experts warn

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