In the mid-nineteenth century opium and its derivatives, such as laudanum and morphine, were the most common poisons in suicides in England and Wales. With legislative restrictions on these 'dangerous drugs' such a use declined. This study attempts to show this trend and indicates the large variety of these opium-related suicides.

Type

Journal article

Journal

Psychol Med

Publication Date

05/1985

Volume

15

Pages

237 - 242

Keywords

England, History, 19th Century, History, 20th Century, Humans, Narcotics, Opium, Suicide, Wales