High-Risk Groups for Charcoal-Burning Suicide Attempt in Hong Kong, China, 2004

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Letter to the Editor

Sir: In their letter “High-Risk Groups for Charcoal-Burning Suicide in Taiwan, 2001–2005,” Lin and Lu1 reported their finding that men aged 25 to 44 years who live in urban areas are the most likely individuals to use charcoal burning to die by suicide. The finding is consistent with our research, reported below, comparing the characteristics of people with suicide attempts by charcoal burning and by drug overdose in Hong Kong, China.

Method. Data on all people admitted to 2 hospitals of the New Territories East Cluster (Hong Kong, China) in 2004 because of charcoal-burning suicide attempt or drug overdose suicide attempt were collected from the records of a psychiatric consultation liaison team.

J Clin Psychiatry 2009;70(3):431