Table 1.

Characteristics of subjects

SampleAge/genderCause of deathPMI (hr)ToxicologySmokerMedicationAXIS I diagnosis
Control27 /mElectrocution by lightning22Nothing detectedYesNo diagnosis, alcohol abuse >7 years ago
Control40 /mCardiovascular disease22LidocaineYesNo diagnosis, alcohol abuse >2 years ago
Control44 /mCardiovascular disease, aortic aneurism6Ephedrine, phenylprochlorpheniramineNoNo diagnosis
Control45 /fCardiovascular disease9Nothing detectedYesNo diagnosis
Control47 /mCardiovascular disease17Nothing detectedYesfamotodineNo diagnosis
Control50 /mCardiovascular disease26Nothing detectedYesNo diagnosis
Control57 /mCardiovascular disease10Nothing detectedHxnaproxenNo diagnosis
Control58 /mCardiovascular disease22Nothing detectedYesdigoxinNo diagnosis
Control69 /mCardiovascular disease18Nothing detectedNoNo diagnosis
Control82 /mCardiovascular disease, aneurism16Nothing detectedNolevothyroxineNo diagnosis
Suicide25 /fHanging17Nothing detectedNortriptyline, Perphenazine, clonidineMajor depression
Suicide30 /mSigsw-chest18Ethanol 0.07% bloodYesMajor depression, alcohol abuse 2 years ago
Suicide42 /mSigsw-chest>20Nothing detectedMajor depression
Suicide43 /mHanging21Nothing detectedNoMajor depression
Suicide45 /mMultiple knifing8Nothing detectedNifedipine, allopurinol, corzideMajor depression, dysthymia
Suicide48 /mSigsw-chest, slashed wrists21FlurazepamNoFlurazepam, LorazepamMajor depression, alcohol abuse 24 years ago
Accident*54 /mCarbon monoxide23Carbon monoxide, phenobarbital, phenytoinHxSertralineMajor depression
Suicide62 /mHanging5Nothing detectedYestraz, nortriptyline, sertralineMajor depression, alcohol abuse 4 years ago
Suicide70 /mSigsw-head23Phentoin–acutedoxepin, prednisone, captoprilMajor depression, alcohol dependence 15 years ago
Suicide83 /fSlashed wrists21Nothing detectedtemazepamMajor depression
  • F, Female; Hx, history; m, male; phenylpro, phenylpropanolamine; PMI, postmortem interval; sigsw, self-inflicted gunshot wound; traz, trazodone. Medications listed in upper case were prescribed in the last month of life. *Subject had attempted suicide on several occasions, and it is possible the death was a suicide.