Trends in analgesic self-poisoning in West-Fife, 1971-1985

McMurray, J.J. , Northridge, D.B., Abernathy, V.A. and Lawson, A.A.H. (1987) Trends in analgesic self-poisoning in West-Fife, 1971-1985. QJM: An International Journal of Medicine, 65(246), pp. 835-843. (PMID:3449888)

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All admissions for analgesic self-poisoning to a district poisons unit over a 15-year period have been reviewed. During this time overdose with analgesic drugs increased to represent almost half of all admissions for self-poisoning. The types of analgesics taken in overdose also changed significantly during the period of this review. Aspirin and Distalgesic poisoning declined in incidence and more cases of self-poisoning by paracetamol and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents were seen. The impact of these changes on the medical management and outcome of deliberate self-poisoning is analysed. The reasons behind the trends described in this paper are assessed and their implications for future prevention and treatment are discussed.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McMurray, Professor John
Authors: McMurray, J.J., Northridge, D.B., Abernathy, V.A., and Lawson, A.A.H.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences
Journal Name:QJM: An International Journal of Medicine
Publisher:Oxford University Press

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