Suicide in Brisbane, 1956 to 1973: the drug-death epidemic.

  title={Suicide in Brisbane, 1956 to 1973: the drug-death epidemic.},
  author={Francis Antony Whitlock},
  journal={The Medical journal of Australia},
  volume={1 24},
  • F. A. Whitlock
  • Published 1975
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • The Medical journal of Australia
A study of suicide in Brisbane between the years 1956 and 1973 reveals that there was a sharp rise in the incidence of deaths from barbiturate overdosage, which reached a peak in the mid 1960s. Since then there has been a steady decline in suicide rates from drug overdose and a smaller fall in the rate of other forms of suicide. The decline in the incidence of deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning since 1967 may be due to the use of non-toxic domestic gas. The frequent association between… 
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