Restrictions on easy access to paracetamol have reduced death from paracetamol overdose in the UK. However, figures from Newcastle show that hanging and jumping deaths have become more common.1 Since paracetamol overdoses are usually not instantly fatal, second thoughts are possible. This is not the case with hanging and jumping. Is this an unintended consequence of paracetamol restrictions? Treating paracetamol overdose is expensive for the National Health Service but surely it is a worthwhile expenditure. Does this make a case for easing restrictions on access to paracetamol?
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