Jan , 2024, Volume : 5 Article : 4

Pesticide Poisoning in India: A Major Public Health Issue and its Antidotes

Author : Subhajit Banerjee, Dipjyoti Gangopadhyay, Riya Roy, Simeon Emilov Dimitrov, Sitesh Chatterjee


Acute pesticide poisoning is a significant public health issue in India, particularly in rural areas, causing thousands of deaths annually. A prevalent method of suicide among farmers and students, it often occurs during stressful events. Data from NCRB reveals that between 1995 and 2015, pesticides were involved in over 440,000 suicide cases in India, predominantly in 11 states. According to a 2021 report published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), adults constituted 65% and children 22% of the affected individuals. The BMC Public Health Report disclosed an annual death toll of 6600 farmers due to pesticide poisoning. This study aims to raise awareness about the hazards associated with pesticides, various types of poisonings they cause, and available antidote treatments.

Keywords: Antidotes; pesticides; pesticidal poisoning; first aid

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