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The American journal of emergency medicine

Cocaethylene: a current understanding of the active metabolite of cocaine and ethanol.


PMID 8031442

Abstract

Cocaine and ethanol abuse remains a major problem in our society. The active metabolite of the co-ingestion of cocaine and ethanol, cocaethylene, has been reported recently. This active and potentially toxic metabolite has enormous implications for emergency physicians. This article is a brief review of the current understanding of cocaethylene and its role as a serious toxin in the practice of emergency medicine.

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