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Titolo:
MEDICINE SELF-POISONING AND THE SOURCES OF THE DRUGS IN LUND, SWEDEN
Autore:
ALSEN M; EKEDAHL A; LOWENHIELM P; NIMEUS A; REGNELL G; TRASKMANBENDZ L;
Indirizzi:
UNIV LUND HOSP,DEPT PSYCHIAT S-22185 LUND SWEDEN PHARM HJORTEN LUND SWEDEN LUND UNIV,DEPT PSYCHIAT S-22101 LUND SWEDEN LUND UNIV,DEPT FORENS MED S-22101 LUND SWEDEN
Titolo Testata:
Acta psychiatrica Scandinavica
fascicolo: 4, volume: 89, anno: 1994,
pagine: 255 - 261
SICI:
0001-690X(1994)89:4<255:MSATSO>2.0.ZU;2-Z
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Soggetto:
OVERDOSE;
Keywords:
SUICIDAL BEHAVIOR; SELF-POISONING; DRUG PRESCRIPTION;
Tipo documento:
Article
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Social Sciences Citation Index
Science Citation Index Expanded
Citazioni:
22
Recensione:
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Citazione:
M. Alsen et al., "MEDICINE SELF-POISONING AND THE SOURCES OF THE DRUGS IN LUND, SWEDEN", Acta psychiatrica Scandinavica, 89(4), 1994, pp. 255-261

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the prevalence of toxic agents in attempted and completed suicides. The purpose was also to explore the sources of the drugs taken by suicide attempters. Verbal information on drug intake was collected from 280 suicide attempters during 1987-1990 in the Lund-Orup catchment area. Information on the sources of the drugs was collected from 143 of these attempters. The study also includes toxicological screening from 73 fatal poisonings in southern Sweden during 1989. According to verbal information, the most common drugs used by suicide attempters were benzodiazepines (51%), analgesics (29%) and antidepressants (20%). In suicide attempters, diazepamand levomepromazine were reported more than expected from prescription data. Toxicological screenings of fatal poisonings showed that benzodiazepines were most common (55%), followed by analgesics (38%), mainly propoxyphene (29%) and antidepressants (30%), mainly amitriptyline (22%). Amitriptyline and diazepam were more commonly detected in completed suicides than expected from prescription data. The most common sources of drugs to attempted suicides were physicians, and especially psychiatrists. We therefore conclude that continuous information to physicians on drug overdose is important, and it is also important to introduce alternative strategies to prevent suicidal behaviour.

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