Characteristics of hospital-treated intentional drug overdose in Ireland and Northern Ireland

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dc.contributor.author Griffin, Eve
dc.contributor.author Corcoran, Paul
dc.contributor.author Cassidy, Linda
dc.contributor.author O'Carroll, Amanda
dc.contributor.author Perry, Ivan J.
dc.contributor.author Bonner, Brendan
dc.date.accessioned 2016-06-15T15:23:11Z
dc.date.available 2016-06-15T15:23:11Z
dc.date.issued 2014-07-29
dc.identifier.citation Griffin, E., Corcoran, P., Cassidy, L., O'Carroll, A., Perry, I. J. and Bonner, B. (2014) 'Characteristics of hospital-treated intentional drug overdose in Ireland and Northern Ireland'. BMJ Open, 4: e005557. http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/4/7/e005557.abstract en
dc.identifier.volume 4 en
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en
dc.identifier.endpage 8 en
dc.identifier.issn 2044-6055
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/2746
dc.identifier.doi 10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005557
dc.description.abstract OBJECTIVES 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. METHODS 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. RESULTS 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). CONCLUSIONS 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. en
dc.description.sponsorship Health Service Executive, Ireland (HSE National Office for Suicide Prevention); Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Northern Ireland, UK (Public Health Agency) en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher BMJ Publishing Group en
dc.rights © 2014 Griffin et al. BMJ Publishing. This is an Open Access article distributed in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC BY-NC 4.0) license, which permits others to distribute, remix, adapt, build upon this work non-commercially, and license their derivative works on different terms, provided the original work is properly cited and the use is non-commercial. See: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ en
dc.subject Self harm en
dc.subject Paracetamol en
dc.subject Ireland en
dc.subject Northern Ireland en
dc.subject Intentional drug overdose (IDO) en
dc.subject Prescription drugs en
dc.subject Non prescription drugs en
dc.subject Tranquillisers en
dc.subject Suicide en
dc.title Characteristics of hospital-treated intentional drug overdose in Ireland and Northern Ireland en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Paul Corcoran, Epidemiology & Public Health, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: pcorcoran@ucc.ie en
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dc.date.updated 2014-10-24T08:12:43Z
dc.description.version Published Version en
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dc.contributor.funder Health Service Executive, Ireland en
dc.contributor.funder Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Northern Ireland, UK en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle BMJ Open en
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dc.internal.licenseacceptance Yes en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress pcorcoran@ucc.ie en
dc.identifier.articleid e005557


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