A study of fatal poisoning due to alcohol and drugs was carried
out, to examine the mortality resulting from alcohol and drugs
in the Greater Amman County, Jordan. A retrospective review of
all autopsy records and certified deaths issued by the
Department of Forensic Medicine at Jordan University Hospital in
the greater Amman county was undertaken. During the 18 years
(1978-1996) 6109 postmortem cases were performed in our
department. A total of 60 cases were identified and analyzed
according to age, race, sex, manner of death of the victims
along with blood alcohol concentration, the drug detected at
autopsies, the scene circumstances, and the geographic location
of the accident and death.
Forensic Medicine and Toxicology Division, Faculty of Medicine,
University of Jordan, Amman.