Chemical Suicides in Automobiles -- Six States, 2006-2010

McNew, Jennifer L.; Rigouard, Sherry G.; Welles, Wanda L.; Wilburn, Rebecca; Anderson, Ayana R.; Orr, Maureen F .; Horton, Kevin
September 2011
MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report;9/9/2011, Vol. 60 Issue 35, p1189
The article assesses the chemical suicides in vehicles in six U.S. states from 2006-2010 including Utah, New York, and Connecticut. This issue referred to 10 incidents in the 6 states for 4 years, although 1 person who attempted suicide cancelled the effort. Findings of the study suggest that local authorities who handle chemical suicides must wear protective gear, appoint a hazardous materials team, and decontaminate a victim at the scene of the suicide.


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