Anyone off to VCF-UK
afra at aurigae.demon.co.uk
Wed Jun 2 16:02:33 CDT 2010
Tony Duell wrote:
> Is it similar to that ridiculous law that you can only buy Aspirin
> tablets in boxes of 16 (or 32 from a registers pharmacy)? The idea behind
> that was you couldn't buy enough to fatally overdose on. But if I was
> daft enough to want to commit suicide that way (and I will assure you I
> am not), I would have the sense to visit several shops to get enough pills...
Apparently it did have an effect on the suicide rate because it means
you have to take deliberate and concerted action to do it. It's a lot
harder than to just open a big pot and take 50 of them, as IIRC they
also have to be individually wrapped, so you also have to push each one
out of it's wrapping before you take it.
This of course means that while you are doing it you are actually
thinking about things, and may in the end decide not to do it.
So basically it won't prevent you but it will slow you down.
Phill Harvey-Smith, Programmer, Hardware hacker, and general eccentric !
"You can twist perceptions, but reality won't budge" -- Rush.
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