A Study of Changing Trends and Patterns of Poisoning at Bangalore

Kumar, T. Naveen; Jagannatha, S. R.; Ananda, K.
July 2012
Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology;Jul-Dec2012, Vol. 6 Issue 2, p119
Academic Journal
A retrospective analysis of poisoning deaths was conducted at Department of forensic medicine, Kempegowda Institute of medical sciences and research centre, Bangalore over a period of five years (January2005-December 2009).Out of the total 2145 autopsies conducted in the mentioned period, deaths due to poisoning comprised 11.7% cases. The data was analyzed with respect to age, sex, marital status, motive and type of poisoning. It was observed that the incidence of poisoning was highest in the age group of 21-30years (33.7%) followed by 31-40years (22.6%). Male (67.8%) preponderance was more over female (32.1%) and married (61.1%) outnumbered the unmarried (38.9%) in both sexes. The most common type of poisons consumed were organophosphorus (53.2%) followed by over the counter medications (17%).The common reasons of consuming poison were financial constraints (21.4%) followed by ill health (15.55%). This study examines the general pattern and multiple factors associated with poisoning deaths. This rising number of deaths due to poisoning should be addressed immediately and efforts should be directed to reduce this catastrophe.


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