Cadernos de Saúde Pública
On-line version ISSN 1678-4464Print version ISSN 0102-311X
BORTOLETTO, Maria Élide and BOCHNER, Rosany. Drug impact on human poisoning in Brazil. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 1999, vol.15, n.4, pp.859-869. ISSN 1678-4464. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X1999000400020.
This article analyzes the role of pharmaceuticals in human poisoning in Brazil from 1993 to 1996, based on data from the National Network of Poison Control Centers. Results are presented according to cause, age group, sex, and evolution. The paper discusses measures aimed at preventing this serious public health problem, which primarily impacts children under five years of age in accidents caused by inappropriate use of medicines. The authors also analyze the association between female gender and deaths caused by intentional intake of drugs.
Keywords : Poisoning; Poison Control Centers; Drugs; Information Systems.