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Grieving the death of a child: Clinicians should ensure that lethal drugs are handed back

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7544.794-a (Published 30 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:794
  1. Peter Byrne, liaison psychiatrist ([email protected])
  1. Oldchurch Hospital, Romford RM7 0BE

    EDITOR—Davies's case reports of completed suicide in recently bereaved parents are a timely reminder of one of the few areas in suicide prevention (access to lethality) where clinicians can intervene to save lives.1

    Within the anger of acute grief—case 1 describes “holding on” to the decreased person beyond the usual grief experience1—the child's drugs can …

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