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If one survived a suicide attempt by ingesting poison, what are the effects on the body one has to watch out?

Updated on January 27, 2009

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This writer fervently hopes that poison is not among the recipes anyone would use to commit suicide. Of course, suicide by any method is undesirable. Any attempt is serious and those involved should seek counseling right away. A person willing to step over the line and  take his/her own life is definitely not in control of rational thinking. After an attempt, if an attempted suicide has time to work it through, they are most always grateful that the attempt didn't succed. They are unable to work it through alone.  A mental health clinic has workers trained to help the person seek new ways of coping. They  teach social skills that emphasize  a social network of dependable friends and will get the family involved, if possible. 

If someone you know has injested anything you suspect to be poison or you aren't sure, let the experts decide. Call 911 immediately. Drugs, prescription or otherwise may be toxic and especially so if injested with alcoholic substances behind them.substances. An over-dose of drugs the same or worse than drinking drano. For the unfortunate who attempt suicide using drugs, results can be deadly, or leave the victim partially disabled, in need of total care for life, or damage the brain so badly, one may never wake from a coma or be in a vegitative state.  The author was stationed at  Rancho Los Amigos, in Downey, California, With the U.S. Public Health Service.  Here are found the head injuries resulting in brain damage. included are those who rode a motorcycle into a tree, unsuccessful poison takers, and others who made an unsuccessful attempt to off themselves. 

That is the cautionary note I feel is important for all who try to understand this devestating problem. Now, I will answer your question.

Of all the ways to die, most poisons cause an inordinate amount of pain and suffering. to self, family, and those who have to pick up the pieces.  if the attempter survives, the alternate legacy is a damaged brain and body with kidney and liver damage Of course, every poison leaves its own trademark All hospitals have a poison control center which can answer specific questions about a particular poison. Brain damage and major damage to vital body organs may leave the victim seriously physically and mentally disabled. They may never recognize loved ones or participate in work or other healthy activities that make life worthwhile. A bungled suicide attempt may leave the victim a vegetable, unable to care even for basic body functions.

Every poison is different and the effects depend on its chemical composition, how much was injested, body weight, and how quickly an antidote was administered to counter the effects of the poison.

Alcohol, most drugs, prescription or otherwise, have some nasty consequences. Even over-the-counter medications can be dangerous if taken in excess. They are considered for healing but when taken against a physicians advice, are deadly poisons. As a former drug counselor and advisor at the Los angeles Free Clinics, the writer saw more than enough  successful and unsuccesful suicide attempts. Most ladies do choose a prescribed medication to do the job. Men, more often use a gun, but I saw  many suicides who drove a vehicle into a pole. Whether male or female, a note might express hatred toward someone who is "causing" the suicide. Only the person who commits the act is responsible for the tragedy. It is their choice and no one elses.

No problem will resolve by suicide. Family members may be affected for life. Children of the tragedy often grow up and repeat the act, causing an ever widening net of survivors. Whether a family will get involved or not, there are many sympathetic listeners, in every community, waiting to help. Because of its teririble, lingering effects on a community, The notion of a person taking his/her own life is unacceptable, and resources allocated to deal with the problem. Even when not related to a suicide, It is something that no feeling person can get through without pain, and a natural feeling of guilt and responsibility. It is frustrating and goes against everything civilization stands for.

To reach help for you or someone you know who is threatening suicide, first call a suicide hotline call your local mental health clinic. They will take patients on their ability to pay, so that if you have no money, counseling may still be made available.

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    • shareitt profile image


      8 years ago

      wow, what a sad subject, however with suicide on the rise I hope you will post a follow up of how to get help if someone is going down that path. thanks :)

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      Barbara Bethard 

      8 years ago from Tucson, Az

      well I found it solarcaptain and a more straight forward answer I have never heard good fesearch!! wayt to go on tekllng it like t is

      and as one who as been so full of paib, saddness teas, guilt over all the hiorrible things I did to myself, famil and my on chidren and from one who as messed up as much as I possibly could in this one thin,shell of a body

      let me add:

      please tell all the truth to someone you trust impicitly

      please take you stupid medicine (as oposed to smart pills :-

      and talk it our with trained specialists themselves

      and kee going back and keep trying to feel and be better

      no matter how much it hurts...I have to keep hoping this will finally make the pain stop

      thank you solarcaptain

      love to you

    • solarcaptain profile imageAUTHOR

      mike king 

      9 years ago from california

      This blog sent to draft. Now I wonder where it could have got off to???


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