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: Figure 2 illustrates the categories of drugs which were used in IDOs, for both countries. A minor tranquilliser was involved in 40% of IDOs, and their use was higher in Ireland than in Northern Ireland (42% vs 27%, χ2=489.85, df=1, p<0.001). Drugs including only paracetamol were involved in 21% of IDO presentations in both countries but paracetamol-compound drugs were more common in Northern Ireland (13% vs 9%, χ2=95.86, df=1, p<0.001). The only other common drug type involved in IDOs was antidepressants (including selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs), tricyclic antidepressants (TCADs) and mood-stabilisers), present in 22% of acts. SSRIs were the most common type of antidepressants (used in 13% of acts). ‘Other drugs’ were taken in 25% of cases.
Affiliation: National Suicide Research Foundation, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland.