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Reduced packet sizes may decrease paracetamol and salicylate self-poisoning
Graduate School of Medicine - Papers (Archive)
  • Paul I Dargan, NHS Foundation, London
  • Alison L Jones, University of Wollongong
RIS ID
62713
Publication Date
1-1-2001
Publication Details

Dargan, P. I. & Jones, A. L. (2001). Reduced packet sizes may decrease paracetamol and salicylate self-poisoning. Evidence-based Healthcare, 5 (4), 117-118.

Abstract

BACKGROUND Paracetamol is commonly used in cases of deliberate self-poisoning. Overdoses are a major cause of liver failure in the United Kingdom. Legislation introduced in September 1998 aimed to reduce such incidents by restricting the size of over-the-counter paracetamol packaging and including specific health warnings. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effect of legislative changes restricting ‘over the counter’ paracetamol and salicylate package sizes on self-poisoning rates. SETTING Five liver units and seven general hospitals, United Kingdom; September 1996-September 1999. METHOD Before and after observational study.

Citation Information
Paul I Dargan and Alison L Jones. "Reduced packet sizes may decrease paracetamol and salicylate self-poisoning" (2001) p. 117 - 118
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/alison_jones/100/