Table 4

Types of poison ingested by males and females (studies listed in order of the year in which study was carried out, oldest first)
Study Year(s) and Place where study was conducted First most commonly ingested poison type Second most commonly ingested poison type
Among Males Among Females Among Males Among Females
Senewiratne et al. 1974 [18] 1970-1971 Kandy region Pesticides Pesticides Medicinal overdose Medicinal overdose
Chandrasena et al. 1981 [29] 1976 Kandy region Pesticides Pesticides Medicinal overdose Medicinal overdose
Fernando et al. 1977 [35] 1976 Colombo region Pesticides (for both genders) Medicinal overdose (for both genders)
Senanayake et al.1986 [36] 1984 Peradeniya, Colombo, Galle, Jaffna regions Pesticides Pesticides Medicinal overdose Medicinal overdose
Hettiarachchi et al. 1989 [17] 1986-1987 Galle region Pesticides Pesticides Kerosene Kerosene
Hettiarachchi et al. 1989 [30] 1989 Galle region Pesticides Pesticides Medicinal overdose Medicinal overdose
De Silva 2000 [34] 1987-1991 Central Sri Lanka Pesticides (for both genders) - -
Seneviratne et al. 1999 [37] 1996-1997 Ragama region Pesticides (for both genders) Medicinal overdose (for both genders)
Van Der Hoek et al. 2006 [9] 1990-2002 Ratnapura, Monaragala, Hambanthota regions Pesticides Household products (mostly kerosene derivatives) Pesticides Household products (mostly kerosene derivatives)
Eddleston et al. 2005 [7] 2002-2003 Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa regions Pesticides Pesticides Oleander (plant) Oleander (plant)
Fleischmann et al. 2005 [13] 2002- 2004 Colombo region Pesticides Medicinal overdose Medicinal overdose Pesticides
Senadheera et al. 2010 [27] 2001-2007 Galle region Pesticides and other poisons (e.g. kerosene, household poisons) Medicinal overdoses
Study Year(s) and Place where study was conducted First most commonly ingested poison type Second most commonly ingested poison type
Among Males Among Females Among Males Among Females
Fahim et al. 2010 [19] 2005-2007 Peradeniya & Polonnaruwa regions Pesticides Oleander (plant) Pesticides Oleander (plant)
De Silva et al. 2008 [26] 2007 Colombo region Medicinal overdose Medicinal overdoses Pesticides Pesticides

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