Table 2

Source of prescription drugs in 801 cases of acute poisoning in Oslo in 2008
G.P. n (%) Psych. n (%) Other doc n (%) OTC n (%) Friend/family n (%) Bought illegally n (%) Total n (%) Missing n
BZD 90 (50) 12 (7) 1 (<0.5) 2 (1) 21 (12) 54 (30) 180 (100) 113
Paracetamol 8 (9) 0 (0) 1 (1) 75 (82) 7 (8) 0 (0) 91 (100) 23
Codeine + paracetamol* 24 (56) 0 (0) 7 (16) 2 (5) 9 (21) 1 (2) 43 (100) 27
Anti-depressants 53 (65) 23 (28) 0 (0) 0 (0) 6 (7) 0 (0) 82 (100) 24
BZD derivates 52 (67) 8 (10) 7 (9) 0 (0) 8 (10) 3 (4) 78 (100) 50
Neuroleptics 41 (55) 31 (42) 1 (1) 0 (0) 0 (0) 1 (1) 74 (100) 25
Legal opioids 16 (39) 0 (0) 1 (2) 0 (0) 4 (10) 20 (49) 41 (100) 16
Anti-epileptics 19 (53) 11 (31) 2 (6) 0 (0) 2 (6) 2 (6) 36 (100) 12
Antihistamines 22 (69) 5 (16) 1 (3) 1 (3) 3(9) 0 (0) 32 (100) 22
Cardiovascular 17 (74) 0 (0) 1 (4) 0 (0) 5 (22) 0 (0) 23 (100) 4
Other 47 (39) 6 (5) 9 (7) 31 (26) 20 (17) 8 (7) 121 (100) 33
Total 389 (49) 96 (12) 31 (4) 111 (14) 85 (11) 89 (11) 801 (100) 349

BZD benzodiazepines, Doc, doctors, G.P., general practitioner, OTC over-the-counter, Psych, psychiatrist.

*Combination drug requiring prescription.

No patient reported that they obtained the drug from multiple doctors.

Lund et al.

Lund et al. BMC Public Health 2012 12:858   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-12-858

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