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Document ID (ISN)111341
CIS number 11-0072
ISSN - Serial title 1745-6673 - Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Morii D., Miyagatani Y., Nakamae N., Murao M., Taniyama K.
Title Japanese experience of hydrogen sulfide: The suicide craze in 2008
Bibliographic information 2010, 5:28, 3p. Illus. 3 ref.
Internet access Japanese_experience.pdf [in English]
Abstract Most of hydrogen sulfide poisoning in Japan involved industrial accidents. However, since January 2008, a burgeoning of suicide attempts using homemade hydrogen sulfide gas has become evident. By April 2008, the fad escalated into a chain reaction nationwide. Mortality of the poisoning was very high. There were 220 cases of attempted gas suicides during the period of March 27 to June 15, killing 208. An introduction of new method of making the gas, transmitted through message boards on the internet, was blamed for this "outbreak". The new method entailed mixing bath additive and toilet detergent. The National Police Agency instructed internet providers to remove information that could be harmful. Of the victims of the fad in 2008, several cases were serious enough that family members also died. Paramedics and caregivers were also injured secondarily by the gas.
Descriptors (primary) Japan; hydrogen sulfide; psychology and sociology; human behaviour; suicide; poisoning
Descriptors (secondary) toilet preparations; detergents; information dissemination; role of government
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Psychology and sociology
Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Stress, psychosocial factors
Browse category(ies) Safety and health information
Psychological factors
Inorganic sulfur compounds