Acute influence of alcohol, THC or central stimulants on violent suicide: a Swedish Population study
2014 (English)In: Journal of Forensic Sciences, ISSN 0022-1198, E-ISSN 1556-4029, Vol. 59, no 2, 436-440 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Alcohol and substance abuse in general is a risk factor for suicide, but very little is known about the acute effect in relation to suicide method. Based on information from 18,894 medico-legal death investigations, including toxicological findings and manner of death, did the present study investigate whether acute influence of alcohol, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or central stimulants (amphetamine and cocaine) was related to the use of a violent suicide method, in comparison with the non-violent method self-poisoning and alcohol/illicit drugs negative suicide decedents. Multivariate analysis was conducted and the results revealed that acute influence of THC was related to using the violent suicide method; jumping from a height (RR 1.62; 95%CI 1.01-2.41). Alcohol intoxication was not related to any violent method, while the central stimulants positive suicide decedent had a higher, albeit not significant, risk for several violent methods. The study contributes with elucidating suicide methods in relation to acute intoxication.
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2014. Vol. 59, no 2, 436-440 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-193294DOI: 10.1111/1556-4029.12353ISI: 000332307900020OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-193294DiVA: diva2:601792