Year: 1988 Source: Crime and Justice: A Review of Research, v.10, (1988), p.79-116 SIEC No: 19910856

This article details the sudden decline of suicide rates in England from 1963 to 1975 as carbon monoxide was progressively removed from the public gas supply. Statistics by age & sex are outlined. The authors assert that few of those prevented from using gas have found another way to commit suicide. This finding strengthens the case for opportunity-reducing or “situational” means of suicide & crime control. Implications for prevention are discussed. (VM)