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Suicidal poisoning deaths in Singapore 1975-1984.
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PMID:  3688804     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study presents the pattern of suicidal poisoning deaths in Singapore for 1975 to 1984. A total of 282 suicidal poisoning deaths investigated at the Department of Pathology were retrospectively analysed. It was found that for the ten year period, death by poisoning was the third most popular method of suicide with a mean annual percentage of 10.2%. The most commonly involved suicidal poison was the herbicide, Paraquat, used in 35.1% of the cases. Organophosphate insecticides were involved in 22.3% and drugs were used in 24%. The results of the study suggest that in view of the lethality of Paraquat and its popularity as a suicidal agent, there is a need for stricter controls to restrict the availability of Paraquat to the general population.
C T Tan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore     Volume:  16     ISSN:  0304-4602     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Acad. Med. Singap.     Publication Date:  1987 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1988-01-19     Completed Date:  1988-01-19     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503289     Medline TA:  Ann Acad Med Singapore     Country:  SINGAPORE    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  300-2     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Pathology, Singapore General Hospital.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Middle Aged
Poisoning / mortality*
Retrospective Studies
Suicide / epidemiology*
Erratum In:
Ann Acad Med Singapore 1987 Jul;16(3):562

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