Year: 1989 Source: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, v.80, suppl.354, (1989), p.69-71 SIEC No: 19950731

It is argued that suicide rates may be reduced by decreasing the availability, cultural acceptance or lethality of certain methods of suicide. With these principles in mind, fatal overdoses in Brisbane 1979-87 were surveyed for substances involved. Psychotropic agents, especially barbiturates, predominated. Chloral hydrate was the most commonly implicated single compound. A case is put for curtailing the availability of barbiturates & chloral hydrate. (10 refs.)