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Deaths from pesticide poisoning: a global response

  • J. M. Bertolote (a1), A. Fleischmann (a1), M. Eddleston (a2) and D. Gunnell (a3)
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Self-poisoning with pesticides accounts for about a third of all suicides worldwide. To tackle this problem, the World Health Organization announced a global public health initiative in the second half of 2005. Planned approaches were to range from government regulatory action to the development of new treatments for pesticide poisoning. With broad-based support, this strategy should have a major impact on the global burden of suicide.

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Corresponding author
José M. Bertolote, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, World Health Organization, 20 avenue Appia, CH-1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland. Email: bertolotej@who.int
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D.G. and M.E. are on the Scientific Advisory Group of a Syngenta-funded study to assess the toxicity of a new formulation of paraquat; they have received travel expenses to attend research group meetings.

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Deaths from pesticide poisoning: a global response

  • J. M. Bertolote (a1), A. Fleischmann (a1), M. Eddleston (a2) and D. Gunnell (a3)
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