Co-proxamol and suicide

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7409.287-b (Published 31 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:287

Availability of co-proxamol has been successfully reduced in Doncaster

  1. Paul T Fryers, public health specialist (paul.fryers@doncastereastpct.nhs.uk),
  2. Michael Geraghty, research and information officer,
  3. Christine Hall, director of public health
  1. Doncaster East Primary Care Trust, Doncaster DN4 5DJ
  2. Doncaster West Primary Care Trust, St Catherine's Hospital, Doncaster DN4 8QN

    EDITOR—In 1998 an audit of suicides in Doncaster identified the alarming rate of co-proxamol overdose as a method of suicide: of the 44 suicides with prescribed drugs between 1995 and 1998, 18 were with co-proxamol (41%).1 That this is much higher than the national figure of 18% quoted by Hawton et al2 may be because the rates of prescribing of co-proxamol …

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