The impact of pesticide regulations on suicide in Sri Lanka.

@article{Gunnell2007TheIO,
  title={The impact of pesticide regulations on suicide in Sri Lanka.},
  author={David Gunnell and Ravindra Fernando and M Hewagama and W D D Priyangika and Flemming Konradsen and Michael Eddleston},
  journal={International journal of epidemiology},
  year={2007},
  volume={36 6},
  pages={
          1235-42
        }
}
BACKGROUND Between 1950 and 1995 suicide rates in Sri Lanka increased 8-fold to a peak of 47 per 100,000 in 1995. By 2005, rates had halved. We investigated whether Sri Lanka's regulatory controls on the import and sale of pesticides that are particularly toxic to humans were responsible for these changes in the incidence of suicide. METHODS Ecological analysis using graphical and descriptive approaches to identify time trends in suicide and risk factors for suicide in Sri Lanka, 1975-2005… Expand
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