Preventing suicide through pesticide regulation

Michael Eddleston, David Gunnell

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Restriction of access to highly lethal and commonly used suicide methods is one of the few proven approaches available to governments to reduce overall suicide rates. In high-income countries, the approach has largely focused on restricting the sales of, or withdrawing, medicines that are commonly taken in fatal overdoses, restricting access to guns, and making high-risk locations (such as bridges) safer. In low-income and middle-income countries, where pesticides are a common means of suicide, it has focused on government actions to remove highly hazardous pesticides from agriculture.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-11
Number of pages3
JournalLancet Psychiatry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020

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