Admissions due to overdoses of aromatic analgesics have increased in Scotland

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7045.1538a (Published 15 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1538
  1. S Hagen,
  2. D Hall,
  3. C Stark,
  4. H Smith
  1. Epidemiologist Department of Public Health, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen AB9 1FX
  2. Consultant psychiatrist Crichton Royal Hospital, Dumfries DG1 2SD
  3. Consultant in public health medicine Ayrshire and Arran Health Board, Ayr KA7 4DW
  4. Consultant in public health medicine Argyll and Clyde Health Board, Paisley PA1 1DU

    EDITOR,—Philip McLoone reports considerable inequalities in suicide rates in Scotland.1 The largest increases among men in deprived areas were in the rates of self poisoning, and McLoone suggests that restricting the availability of drugs used for self poisoning might reduce deaths by suicide. We have reported previously on the increase in the absolute number of admissions due to parasuicide in Scotland2 and have subsequently examined the nature of this increase. Our findings are relevant to McLoone's suggestion.

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