Year: 2003 Source: Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, v.48, no.4, (May 2003), p.232-236 SIEC No: 20030714

This study’s main objective was to identify patient characteristics, particularly psychiatric diagnosis associated with the use of over-the-counter medications in intentional overdose. Findings suggest that suicide-prone patients with a diagnosis of substance abuse & who possess prescription medications are unlikely to use over-the-counter medications in overdose. For this cohort, this represents a relatively small proportion of patients at greater risk for attempting suicide when using over-the-counter medication. (12 refs)