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Following increasing concern in the UK about the mortality and morbidity associated with self-poisoning with analgesics, especially paracetamol (Tylenol, acetaminophen), legislation was introduced in 1998 to modify packs sold over-the-counter. The most important change was a reduction in the maximum size of packs. In this paper the background to the legislation, the rationale behind it, and its early impact are reviewed. The changes have had significant positive initial benefits on the mortality and morbidity associated with self-poisoning with analgesics.


Journal article


Suicide Life Threat Behav

Publication Date





223 - 229


Acetaminophen, Analgesics, Drug Overdose, Drug Packaging, Humans, Suicide, United Kingdom