I found this on one of the medical blogs I read...I think I have gone in to the wrong career but that is by the by. Anyway, if you are considering overdosing please read this before you do as it wont work!!!! I don't know if there is a way to make this sticky so it stays at the top but I thought it would be useful for people to read... The drugs don’t work. Tag: Ambulance — Kal @ 10:39 am A thought inspired by a sixteen year old suicide attempt. “I just thought if I took all the tablets in the bathroom…” The problem was that “all the tablets” amounted to her granny’s iron tablets, a strip of out of date antibiotics and a pack and half of immodium. Not likely to kill you. Not likely at all. She’ll not poop for a week…and when she does her jobbies will be like bitumen…but she’ll not die. Which got me thinking. I know I don’t know enough about over the counter pharmaceuticals to kill myself. Not by OD, at least. But to OD on OTCs? I’ve not a clue. If I sat down with some textbooks I reckon I could work it out so that I just slipped away and never woke up, a la Hollyoaks and other televisual dross. So if I, an honest to god medical-type (kinda), can’t work it out; what chance does the man on the Burdiehoose omnibus? I’d estimate that I treat at least one OD a week. I’ve only ever seen one of them die. Most of the time it’s a wee chat, a “‘mon then” and the three of us walk down to the vehicle. Are those people too stupid to think about what they’re doing? They always swear to me that they want to die. Are they too emotionally wraught at the time to think it through? Is there insufficient public education about how un-fatal and yet perfectly horrible ODs can be as they work through your system? Are TV soaps to blame? Should, we in fact, start publishing leaflets with tablets that tell you exactly how much you’d need to take, on average, to achieve: nausea, disorientation, coma or death? Maybe a graded traffic light system, like the supermarkets use for salt and saturated fats? Cos if the paracetamol boxes said “You will require Xmgs of this drug to kill yourself, anything less will leave you with horrendous liver damage. PS. If you do take the lethal dose, it’ll take days of agonising waking pain before you die. Then I think people might think twice. Discuss.