Characteristics of hospital-treated intentional drug overdose in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Bottom Line: Specifically the study aimed to compare characteristics of the patients involved, to explore the factors associated with repeated IDO and to report the prescription rates of common drug types in the population.Minor tranquillisers were the drugs most commonly involved in IDOs.National campaigns are required to address the availability and misuse of minor tranquillisers, both prescribed and non-prescribed.
Affiliation: National Suicide Research Foundation, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland.Show MeSH
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Mentions: Overall, the rate of IDO presentations in Northern Ireland (278 (95% CI 271 to 286) per 100 000) was 78% higher than what it was in Ireland (156 (95% CI 155 to 158) per 100 000). Despite this difference, the pattern in the incidence rate when examined by age was similar for both countries (figure 1). The peak rate was observed among 20–24-year-olds in Ireland (328/100 000) and Northern Ireland (578/100 000). The incidence rate decreased with increasing age, with a slight secondary peak seen among those aged 35–49 years. The IDO rate was very low, and similar in both countries, among over 60-year-olds.
Affiliation: National Suicide Research Foundation, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland.