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Am J Public Health. 1988 July; 78(7): 826–828.
PMCID: PMC1350344

Suicides and pesticides in Sri Lanka.


Sri Lanka has one of the highest rates of suicide in the world (29 per 100,000 population in 1980). Suicides are especially frequent among young adults, both male and female. Compared to the US, the suicide rate for males ages 15 to 24 years in Sri Lanka is nearly four times greater; the female rate nearly 13 times greater. The most common mode of suicide is ingestion of liquid pesticides.

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