Journal article

Changing epidemiology of intentional antidepressant drug overdose in Victoria, Australia

Anselm Wong, David McD Taylor, Karen Ashby, Jeff Robinson

AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2010

Abstract

AIM: To determine the epidemiology of intentional antidepressant drug overdose (OD), over an extended time period, in Victoria, Australia. METHODS: Retrospective epidemiological study of all cases reported to the Victorian Emergency Minimum Dataset (VEMD) January 1998 to December 2007 and calls to the Victorian Poisons Information Centre (VPIC) June 2005 to September 2008. RESULTS: 5467 VEMD cases were analysed. 3169 (57.9%) cases involved selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and 1149 (21%) involved tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs). Sertraline (1252, 22.9% cases) was the most common drug. During 2001, the peak year of OD, there were 8.8 OD/100 000 population in the SSRI group and ..

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