Suicide-by-pesticides study ranks pesticide toxicity


SOME pesticides are more toxic to humans than previously thought and the World Health Organization should adjust its figures accordingly to reduce self-poisoning. So says Andrew Dawson at the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka, who studied 7461 pesticide-suicides and attempted suicides during a six-year study. Agricultural pesticides are the most common means of suicide worldwide, resulting in more than 250,000 deaths each year. Dawson’s team found that the fatality rate for arrivals at two Sri Lankan hospitals varied between 0 and 42 per cent,
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