E3S Web Conf.
Volume 319, 2021International Congress on Health Vigilance (VIGISAN 2021)
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Section||Methods, Tools and Techniques in Health Vigilance|
|Published online||24 November 2021|
Deliberate self-poisoning with drugs among adolescents in Morocco
1 Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Sciences, Techniques and Technologies, Bamako, Mali
2 University Hassan First of Settat, Higher Institute of Health Sciences, Department of Health Sciences, Settat, Morocco
3 Faculty of Science and Techniques, Abdelmalek Essaadi University, Tanger, Morocco
4 Moroccan Poison Control Center, Rabat, Morocco
5 Laboratory of Biology and Health, Faculty of Science, Ibn Tofail University, Kenitra, Morocco
Introduction: Suicide is a serious public health problem and one of the leading causes of adolescent death in the world. The aim of this study is to determine the epidemiological profile of suicidal poisoning with drugs among adolescents in Morocco. Methods: This is a retrospective study of deliberate self-poisoning cases, reported to the Moroccan Poison Control Center between 1980 and 2014. Results: A total of 3,856 cases of suicidal poisoning among adolescents 15 to 19 years old were recorded, with 13 cases of successful suicide and 41 repeated suicide attempts. The average age of the patients was 15.5 years. According to the results, 84.7% were female with a female-male ratio of 5.5. The majority of cases occurred at home (97.8%). The signs and symptoms presented by the patients were varied, depending on the amount of drug ingested and the delay before treatment. Conclusion: Suicide and suicide attempts in children and adolescents continue to be a major public health problem, and topical research and surveys have clearly highlighted suicide as one of the commonest causes of death among young people.
Key words: Suicide / Drugs / Adolescents / Morocco
© The Authors, published by EDP Sciences, 2021
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Current usage metrics show cumulative count of Article Views (full-text article views including HTML views, PDF and ePub downloads, according to the available data) and Abstracts Views on Vision4Press platform.
Data correspond to usage on the plateform after 2015. The current usage metrics is available 48-96 hours after online publication and is updated daily on week days.
Initial download of the metrics may take a while.