The drugs most often linked to poisonings

New data highlights a big public health problem

Deliberate self-poisoning is highest among adolescents, particularly with over-the counter medications such as paracetamol and NSAIDs, new information from the NSW Poisons Information Centres shows.

High rates of poisoning with antidepressants and antipsychotics are also seen in this group, suggesting toxicity profile of these drugs should be considered when prescribing, according to the research published in the Medical Journal of Australia.

In older age groups (20-74), SSRIs, antipsychotics (especially quetiapine) and benzodiazepines are the most common culprits.

Poisoning exposures are likely to be unintentional and often associated with off-label prescribing.

This finding highlights the importance of practitioners adhering to guidelines, say the University of Sydney researchers.

Meanwhile, medication errors are to blame for most poisoning exposures in elderly Australians, the