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October 19, 2005

Deliberate Self-Poisoning in Ontario Following the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2005;294(15):1897-1901. doi:10.1001/jama.294.15.1900

To the Editor: The terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001, caused significant medical and psychiatric morbidity, particularly in Manhattan, and acutely disrupted the lives of people around the world.1 However, little research has examined the effects of September 11 outside the United States. We hypothesized that the attacks influenced rates of deliberate self-harm, a complex behavioral phenomenon that includes deliberate self-poisoning. We conducted an ecological analysis of poisonings in the days immediately following September 11 in a population geographically removed from the events.

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