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Suicide by pesticide most common method to end life: WHO report

Source: Daily Poioneer, Date: , 2016

For more than 8,00,000 people who end their lives each year around the world, pesticide poisoning is the most commonly used method, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said in its recent  nations to frame an effective, comprehensive multi-sectoral suicide prevention strategy to ensure restricting access to the means of suicide particularly impulsive suicide — as it gives those contemplating suicide more time to reconsider. Methods of suicide vary significantly from region to region, and pesticide poisoning is most common in rural regions where the chemicals are readily available. Around 30 per cent of the global suicides are due to pesticides self-poisoning. The other most common methods are hanging and firearms. In India, in 2012, 258,075 people committed suicide with 99,977 women and 158,098 men taking their own lives. India's suicide rate was 21.1 per 1,00,000 people, according to a WHO report.

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