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Table 4 Number of paracetamol pack equivalents used in overdose in England and Ireland 2002-2007

From: Impact of different pack sizes of paracetamol in the United Kingdom and Ireland on intentional overdoses: a comparative study

  England Ireland Chi square P
  N (%) N (%)   
Both genders     
   1 pack 1893 (39.0) 949 (27.0)   
   2 packs 1790 (36.8) 1229 (35.0)   
   3+ packs 1175 (24.2) 1331 (37.9) 215.6 <0.001
Males     
   1 pack 521 (30.0) 217 (18.9)   
   2 packs 638 (36.8) 327 (28.5)   
   3+ packs 577 (33.2) 602 (52.5) 109.8 <0.001
Females     
   1 pack 1372 (43.9) 732 (31.0)   
   2 packs 1152 (36.9) 902 (38.2)   
   3+ packs 598 (19.2) 729 (30.9) 135.6 <0.001
Age 15-24     
   1 pack 1019 (46.6) 495 (29.4)   
   2 packs 768 (35.1) 657 (39.1)   
   3+ packs 399 (18.3) 530 (31.5) 145.3 <0.001
Age 25-34     
   1 pack 324 (33.7) 160 (21.2)   
   2 packs 354 (36.8) 244 (32.4)   
   3+ packs 284 (29.5) 349 (46.3) 57.9 <0.001
Age 35+     
   1 pack 550 (32.2) 294 (27.4)   
   2 packs 668 (39.1) 328 (30.5)   
   3+ packs 492 (28.8) 452 (42.1) 52.9 <0.001
  1. Number of non-pharmacy pack equivalents of pure paracetamol used in overdoses in England (three centres, six general hospitals) (maximum pack size = 16 tablets), and in Ireland (maximum pack size = 12 tablets), 2002 to 2007.