Q. Why is paraquat attractive to people trying to commit suicide?
A. It is important to note that paraquat is only one of many chemicals used in suicide attempts. In the countries with the largest rural suicide problems - China and India - the main class of Crop Protection Products (CPPs) is insecticides. Because of their wide use on smallholdings and farms, crop protection chemicals are readily available for these tragic and often impulsive acts. Often paraquat-related suicide is highlighted in the media because it is a well-known and very popular product. Solutions to the problem of CPP-related suicides are being implemented. Projects that promote and encourage safe storage of CPPs under lock and key are showing extremely encouraging results. Where legislation to lock up CPPs is in place and enforced, mainly in developed countries, self-harm using these products is thankfully extremely rare.