Type

Journal Article

Authors

Brendan Bonner
Ivan J Perry
Amanda O'Carroll
Linda Cassidy
Paul Corcoran
Eve Griffin

Subjects

Microbiology

Topics
child tranquillisers drug prescriptions etiology drug overdose prescription drugs nonprescription drugs poisoning adult emergency service hospital aged 80 and over therapy humans adolescent intentional drug overdose ido non prescription drugs psychotropic drugs self harm female self injurious behavior northern ireland statistics numerical data epidemiology incidence male young adult suicide ireland aged paracetamol middle aged

Characteristics of hospital-treated intentional drug overdose in Ireland and Northern Ireland. (2014)

Abstract This study compared the profile of intentional drug overdoses (IDOs) presenting to emergency departments in Ireland and in the Western Trust Area of Northern Ireland between 2007 and 2012. 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. We utilised data from two comparable registries which monitor the incidence of hospital-treated self-harm, recording data from deliberate self-harm presentations involving an IDO to all hospital emergency departments for the period 1 January 2007 to 31 December 2012. Between 2007 and 2012 the registries recorded 56 494 self-harm presentations involving an IDO. The study showed that hospital-treated IDO was almost twice as common in Northern Ireland than in Ireland (278 vs 156/100 000, respectively). Despite the overall difference in the rates of IDO, the profile of such presentations was remarkably similar in both countries. 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.
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Full list of authors on original publication

Brendan Bonner, Ivan J Perry, Amanda O'Carroll, Linda Cassidy, Paul Corcoran, Eve Griffin

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