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Suicide deaths fall following co-proxamol withdrawal

Suicide mortality figures have reduced significantly after rules restricting co-proxamol to named patients were introduced in 2005, figures from Scotland have shown.The statistics, reported in a weblog posting by the NPCi, also show no increase in deaths associated with other analgesics, such as paracetamol and co-codamol.The researchers identified deaths due to co-proxamol poisoning from the General Register Office in Scotland for the period 2000-6, and found 10 deaths in 2006 compared with an average of 37 deaths per year before co-proxamol became restricted.The authors estimated that as many as 300 lives will have been saved each year if the effects of the restrictions on co-proxamol introduced in 2005 have also been seen across the England and Wales. 

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