What is the prevalence of domestic violence in patients affected with cocaine toxicity?

Updated: Dec 31, 2020
  • Author: Lynn Barkley Burnett, MD, EdD, JD; Chief Editor: Sage W Wiener, MD  more...
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Illicit use of drugs by members of the household increases a woman's risk of death at the hands of a spouse, lover, or close relative 28-fold.

According to Brookoff, approximately 45% of assailants in domestic violence had used alcohol or other drugs to the point of intoxication on a daily basis for the previous month. [28] Approximately 12% were addicted to drugs, and 14% were addicted to alcohol and drugs. On the day of the assault, the most common intoxicant was cocaine. About 30% of assailants had used cocaine and alcohol, and 13% had used alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine.

In another study of domestic violence, two thirds of assailants had used the combination of alcohol and cocaine on the day of the assault. The active metabolite of this drug combination, cocaethylene, is more intoxicating, longer lived, and possibly more potent in its ability to kindle violent behavior than the parent drugs.

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