A Four Years’ Retrospective Study of Poisoning Cases in Southern India

Authors

  • P.C. Sahoo1, Karma Mingur Diki Bhutia2, Ashim Mishra3

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v14i3.10325

Keywords:

Poisoning, demographic profile, pattern, Aluminum phosphide, Organophosphate compound.

Abstract

Objective: To study the pattern of poisoning in Visakhapatnam and its demographic correlates.

Materials & method: The study was retrospectively conducted in all poisoning cases admitted in Casualty

department of Anil Neerukonda Hospital, Visakhapatnam and carried out during the period of 1st Jan 2014

to 31st Dec 2017.

Results: Majority (47.37%) of the subjects were between the ages of 20-29years with slight preponderance

towards female (52.63%) as compared to male (47.37%). Most of the cases belonged to lower socioeconomic

status (94.74%). Place of occurrence was most commonly within the house (85.97%) & it was predominantly

observed during winter season. Aluminum phosphide (21.05%) was the most commonly abused substance

followed by Organophosphate compounds (14.04%).

Conclusion: The government should take legislative steps to curb down the menace of poison in the hands

of the vulnerable people in the society primarily focusing on developing the poisons with less toxicity or

non-toxic to humans.

Author Biography

P.C. Sahoo1, Karma Mingur Diki Bhutia2, Ashim Mishra3

1 Professor & HOD, 2Assistant Professor, 3Associate Professor, SMIMS, Sikkim Manipal University

Published

2020-07-30

How to Cite

P.C. Sahoo1, Karma Mingur Diki Bhutia2, Ashim Mishra3. (2020). A Four Years’ Retrospective Study of Poisoning Cases in Southern India. Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, 14(3), 49-55. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v14i3.10325