TITLE

Suicide fad threatens neighbours, rescuers

AUTHOR(S)
Truscott, Amanda
PUB. DATE
August 2008
SOURCE
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;8/12/2008, Vol. 179 Issue 4, p312
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article reports that the Japan National Police Agency moved to shut down the website listing the recipe for creating a deadly hydrogen sulfide gas used in suicides in Japan. The gas which forms a cloud that affects neighbors and rescuers, has often cause massive evacuation. A 14-year old girl had used the gas after learning its production from the website. More than 180 people have died since March 2008 as a result of inhaling the fumes. The toxicity of the gas was likened to hydrogen cyanide which blocks oxygen from binding and stopping cellular respiration.
ACCESSION #
33461786

 

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