Percentage of suicides that were on medications or recently on medications.
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From: Nigel Gray
Dear Minister of Health,
It has come to my attention that thew suicide rate in New Zealand is higher yet again over the last year. Can you please inform me what percentage of these suicide victims were on or had recently been on a medication. Many medications have listed as a possible side effect or adverse effect "suicidal thoughts or actions" so it seems a reasonable place to start looking as to the cause of this recent "spike" if you will forgive the use of this word.
From: Melissa Buckle
Dear Mr Gray
On behalf of Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman, Minister of Health, thank you for your email received 28 August 2017 requesting under the Official Information Act 1982:
Can you please inform me what percentage of these suicide victims were on or had recently been on a medication.
The information requested appears to be more closely associated with the functions and responsibilities of the Ministry of Health. Accordingly, I am transferring your request to the Director-General of Health and Chief Executive of the Ministry of Health, Chai Chuah, under section 14 (b) (ii) of the Official Information Act 1982.
Private Secretary – Health
Office of the Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman
Minister of Health, Minister for Sport and Recreation
Minister of Health
Dear Nigel Gray
Your request to the Minister of Health for official information has been
transferred to the Ministry of Health. The request was received by the
Ministry on 29 August 2017. The Ministry's reference number for your
request is: H20170 3549
Can you please inform me what percentage of these suicide victims [over
the last year] were on or had recently been on a medication.
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