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Driver involved in car accident killing 6 people used substances containing codeine
21:16, 6 December 2017
Driver involved in car accident killing 6 people used substances containing codeine

In high dosages, codeine, like other opiates, may cause euphoria

21:16, 6 December 2017

Facebook Mykola Kryvolapov

Olena Zaitseva, the accused of being the instigator of the car accident in Kharkiv that claimed six lives, used substances containing codeine. The information comes from the press service of the regional police quoting Serhiy Chyzh, Head of the Investigative Department of Kharkiv Police.

“Psychiatric, drug, chemical and toxicology expertizes were conducted on the participants of the car accident. According to the conclusions of the tests, substances containing codeine were found in the system of the driver of the Lexus (Zaitseva, - 112.int). Now fourteen cytology tests on biological and cytological substances taken from the cars are in their final stages,” he said.

He also said that the car expertise is to be finished by Dec. 10.

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It’s worth noting that in high dosages, codeine, like other opiates, may cause euphoria. When the therapeutic dose is exceeded (over 0.1 g), it causes agitation, nausea, and sometimes heavy-headedness. Unlike morphine and opium, it has a way smaller sedative effect. 

As it was reported according to the police, a Lexus that Zaitseva was driving crashed into a crowd of people in Kharkiv. The Lexus collided with a Volkswagen Touareg driven by Gennady Dronov. Six people died and five more were injured as Zaitseva lost control over the car after the collision.

The version of Zaitseva's defence is that the driver of the Touareg is guilty as he moved on the yellow traffic light. The defence of Gennady Dronov denies the accusation and claims that he drove on a green light. At the moment, however, both of the drivers are kept in detention.

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