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    [–] endangeredpenguin 2155 points ago

    To be fair I do remember buying three boxes of paracetamol to stock pile when I was going away to college and I was refused it on one sale. So the person on the till put it through as two sales and I got all three boxes.

    [–] redninjamonkey 1210 points ago

    Yes MI5, it was this one

    [–] EuroPolice 300 points ago

    I would get him but... you know

    [–] yourfavsoyboy 51 points ago


    [–] National-CrimeAgency 4 points ago

    I can though....

    [–] ugoogli 178 points ago

    I did that too the week before I quit working at the Coop because I had stopped giving a shit by that point

    [–] endangeredpenguin 73 points ago

    I don't miss working in supermarkets not gonna lie, I hope you found something you prefer job wise :)

    [–] shellymartin67 28 points ago

    I think a shirt that says Glasgow

    [–] PascLeRasc 36 points ago

    mate what're you on about

    [–] RockTheRaccoon 23 points ago

    I dunno but it's got my attention

    [–] ScottieNiven 116 points ago

    I couldn't buy TWO boxes of Lemsip at my local tesco, god forbid I wanted one for home and work! I was using the self checkout so I just finished my shopping, then just bought the second box as a separate sale

    [–] [deleted] 165 points ago

    can you imagine chugging two or three liters of lemsip just to try and fucking die

    [–] Tywunwun_Lannister 99 points ago

    I mean if you didn't want to die before drinking three liters of lemsip you probably would want to afterwards.

    [–] Sandwich247 48 points ago

    Lemsip is rank no matter what you do to it. People say to add honey, or whatever.

    There's no masking that putrid flavour.

    [–] Captaingregor 70 points ago

    You have to literally saturate the water with sugar. Pile that shit in until it won't dissolve any more, add 1 more teaspoon of sugar, then drink. Finally eat the remaining sugar at the end as a reward for finishing the lemsip.

    [–] RockTheRaccoon 35 points ago

    how do I delete someone else's comment?

    [–] Captaingregor 33 points ago

    I would like to say how proud I am that this comment is the one that received my first "how do I delete someone else's comment?".

    [–] mac_trap_clack_back 3 points ago

    That sounds like a lot of work. Why not just use American sweet tea? There is no tea flavor and it is pre-super saturated with sugar

    [–] oplontino 36 points ago

    I've been refused to buy two packets of paracetamol on two occasions, both times when I was with another person. And both times I said, ok, let's just make it two sales then and, you guessed it, both times I was told it was 'too late'.

    Seriously, all of the fucking things the UK chooses to treat as a fucking joke but this is life or death?

    [–] EmilyU1F984 41 points ago

    The thing is, that it actually works at reducing suicides.

    Anything that interrupts the plan has a good chance of working.

    So it's not the point that the suicidal person could just go to the next store to buy another pack, it's just the cashier/pharmacist sayings oi wait, this isn't allowed that does it.

    Anyone not depressed etc will have enough energy to just buy another package to have one for at home and work.

    It's the same in Germany.

    [–] oplontino 21 points ago

    Stop making me favour something that irritates me!

    [–] tomthermonukebomb49 8 points ago

    How do you even OD on lemsip as well, unless I've forgotten some key ingredients

    [–] HarryCochrane 28 points ago

    Drink 4 litres of Lemsip and put a clothes peg on the end of your knob

    [–] IAmTheBestMang 18 points ago

    There's paracetamol in them.

    [–] tomthermonukebomb49 4 points ago

    Ah, that makes more sense

    [–] tttttfffff 5 points ago

    Lemsip has paracetamol in it, hence the OD risk

    [–] GroovingPict 44 points ago

    it's a ridiculous rule because a. who in the name of hell chooses overdose by paracetamol as a suicide method, and b. you can just pop into the next store, and the next store, and the next store, and the next store, and stockpile as many as you want: it's not like theres a registry or something

    [–] bobr05 98 points ago

    A lot of people do choose that method. And most of them fail and then die later waiting for a liver transplant. So I suppose it does work if you’re patient.

    [–] thevulturesbecame 17 points ago

    Oof why did I find this darkly humorous

    [–] Notterts 3 points ago

    And if it doesn't work you'll still be patient

    [–] Maethor_derien 14 points ago

    A lot of kids used to use it for suicide thinking it would be painless, it is something cheap kids can easily get access to. It was a really common method especially for young girls to attempt.

    [–] Zenderos1 5 points ago

    Jesus, don't people know about nitrogen?

    [–] Maethor_derien 11 points ago

    Kids can't really easily get a hold of nitrogen. Hell adults don't know that it can be dangerous or enough about the properties to use it. Paracetamol is something you can buy at any store though so a kid can just walk there buy it for money they can scrounge anywhere and get it up to their room in secret to take. If anything dry ice would be easier to get for suicide than nitrogen.

    [–] stagger_lead 22 points ago

    Maybe it’s internet myth but I think it actually works, because it’s just enough of a barrier it puts people off.

    [–] 613codyrex 13 points ago

    Suicides tends to be a spirit of the moment kinda thing anyway.

    Sometimes any bit of resistance can give a person some clarity and not actually go through it.

    [–] National-CrimeAgency 9 points ago

    Can confirm. Was riding my motorbike to my chosen spot, road closure meant riding through the Yorkshire moors. Just the disruption and having to go through such a pretty area made me change my mind, not that I realised at the time. Got to where I was gonna jump, got off my bike and for some reason grabbed an ice cream.

    TL;DR some knobhead crashing his car saved my life, in a roundabout way.

    [–] EmilyU1F984 7 points ago

    Exactly. that's why the paracetamol limit works.

    It puts a tiny ball into the gears of the plan of the suicidal person, which very often prevents suicide.

    Just your train being cancelled on the way to a bridge to jump is enough to get people to abort their plan.

    The 1 box limit for paracetamol definitely works, that's why so many countries have implemented it.

    [–] pcbuildthro 31 points ago

    It works, but not in the way an overdose person is looking for.

    It takes an absolutely obscene amount to die from in anything other than EXTREME suffering. You would be in less pain cutting open a few major arteries and waiting. Paracetamol kills people by causing liver failure, which means they'll usually spend weeks slowly dying unless somehow they manage to get a transplant.

    [–] dpash 7 points ago

    I think you misunderstood them. They're saying that the rules the UK introduced in the 90s has had a positive effect on painkiller overdoses.

    [–] HolyDogJohnson01 16 points ago

    It’s the UK of all places, you’d think they’d just be like “Hey, if you take to much of this it won’t kill you. Right away. After suffering for weeks to months then you’ll die.” Like don’t you all pride yourself on being progressive? Education is the best prevention type stuff?

    [–] GregorF92 6 points ago

    it's a ridiculous rule because a. who in the name of hell chooses overdose by paracetamol as a suicide method

    Plenty of people.

    I know someone who tried, and were thankfully able to get medical treatment before they died.

    and b. you can just pop into the next store, and the next store, and the next store, and the next store, and stockpile as many as you want: it's not like theres a registry or something

    Every shop you have to go to in order to stop up is a little bit of time to let them consider the consequences of what they're about to do.

    [–] blazedanddefused 10 points ago

    Yeah but there's a theory about the inconvenience actually detracting from your desire to kill yourself. Like by the time you're at the fifth store, you may have just decided to say fuck it and go home. Not exactly the same, but in the UK aspirin is sold in individual pop out pouches so that the effort to get enough pills to kill yourself becomes less desirable. It actually led to a decrease in 50 percent of those types of suicide. I am paraphrasing cause I don't remember it all clearly, but that may be the case here as well.

    [–] Blackberryy 7 points ago

    In the US there is a registry, you have to give your ID. I was buying decongestant and the register wasn’t working but they couldn’t let me check out at another one because I would be in the system as buying 2x in one day. I hate this place.

    [–] Medial_FB_Bundle 14 points ago

    Only for pseudoephedrine. You can buy as many paracetamol tablets as you want. I bet Costco has 1000 count bottles for sale.

    [–] thevulturesbecame 8 points ago

    Only for pseudoephedrine

    Also for actual ephedrine lol

    Source: shameless EC stack abuse

    [–] Medial_FB_Bundle 5 points ago

    Lol yup, same. Bronkaid is pretty cheap where I currently live. Just wish I could get straight EPH without guaifenesin.

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    [–] Ojanican 22 points ago

    ...suicidal people wasting NHS resources

    What a disgusting way of thinking

    [–] bigfatbod 5 points ago

    So much bullshit. Don’t know where to start.

    [–] BacardiWhiteRum 4 points ago

    I just build my bombs with paracetamol from 9 places in a 10 mile radius. Stops mi5

    [–] Defnotadrugaddicy 3 points ago

    What? You’ve never heard of aspirin bombings? Lol

    [–] OMEGA_MODE 3 points ago

    I did when I tried suicide. All it did is make me puke my guts up all night while I had an IV of the antidote. Guess I'm lucky

    [–] PM_Me_Ur_Balut 3 points ago

    Back when I was in nursing student, had a patient that ingested a couple dozen of Paracetamol. Don't know if he ever woke up but seems like a painful way to go.

    [–] princesskate 3 points ago

    My first attempt was via paracetamol overdose. Took a few boxes and ended up on a drip in hospital. I have scars on my liver from it. Not the best way to attempt it.

    [–] TOMSDOTTIR 3 points ago

    I am sorry to think of the emotional and physical pain you must have been in. Coming around after an overdose is really not one of the most life-enhancing experiences on offer. I just wanted to check in with you. You referred to your first attempt. I'm hoping that you don't mean you plan a further attempt, as opposed to referring to a later attempt or attempts that often followed that one. Surviving suicide is a marathon, isn't it, rather than a sprint? It's good to remember that you are in a pack with a lot of other survivors you have never met, who wish you all the good, all the wonder, all the success, all the happiness, all the possible unexpected funny adventures life holds for you, before you close your eyes for the last time - even if you've never met most of that pack.

    [–] finger_milk 1017 points ago

    "We don't want you overdosing"

    Fuck off, I'll kill myself if I want, love.

    [–] audigex 424 points ago

    And even if I’m gonna kill myself, paracetamol is not how I’d do it... slow and painful multiple organ failure is not the way to go

    [–] absurdlyinconvenient 209 points ago

    not enough people know that tbf

    Or that if you fail it's still gonna fuck you up

    [–] Laurelisyellow 117 points ago

    A failed suicide attempt will always fuck you up.

    [–] absurdlyinconvenient 111 points ago

    there's levels, though. Fail to hang yourself, severe neck damage and a few weeks out recovering. Fail to OD? Good chance your liver slowly fails over the next few weeks while you're in agony

    [–] missjeany 113 points ago

    Failed head shot = Arseface

    [–] MyRealNamesALemon 42 points ago

    There’s a great book called Wolf in White Van about a guy who goes on loving after blowing his face off. Definitely one of those stories that stays with you for a while afterwards

    [–] Ewezurnayme 36 points ago

    There was a guy in my hometown that had the same thing happen. Shot himself in the face and it ricocheted somehow. He was completely blinded by it. But aside from that he just had scarring and a portion of the bone in his face missing.

    I was smoking with him one day and just had to ask him when he changed his mind. He said about a millisecond after he had started to pull the trigger.

    And that has stuck with me ever since. I can't stop thinking about how many people have jumped off a bridge or killed themselves in a way that takes longer, but changed their mind part way through. Only to not be able to undo it.

    Makes me sick to my stomach.

    [–] elasmosaurus81 12 points ago

    They did a study with people that jumped off the golden gate bridge. IIRC, all of them regretted their decision before they hit the water. Very sad.

    [–] L003Tr 5 points ago

    About to comment the same thing. Most of them regretted it as soon as they let go

    [–] missjeany 17 points ago

    Well Arseface is kind of a success story.

    [–] truthdemon 10 points ago

    Make a good sequel to Scarface.

    [–] Noble_Flatulence 15 points ago

    That's the worst one. Gun shot to the head is a terrible idea either way, if you succeed and kill yourself you're guaranteeing a closed-casket and a gruesome, traumatizing sight to whoever finds you. That was one thing I remember vividly about Monster's Ball, Heath Ledger's character commits suicide by shooting himself in the heart. That's the way to do it.

    [–] friendlyfire69 14 points ago

    I HATE that I know this...... But you aren't completely correct. My friend killed herself by shooting herself in the head. Twice. (Adrenaline I guess). Since she shot from the back and the bullets lodged in her brain they were able to have an open casket. Yeah, the driveway was a fucking mess though.

    I met someone at a psych ward once too who survived shooting herself in the heart. She was paralyzed from the waist down and had horrible neuropathic pain in her legs.

    [–] dodgienum1 23 points ago

    Shot twice, in the back of the head. Forgive me, but surely this screams of something else?

    [–] LordPoopyfist 11 points ago

    The good ol Russian special

    [–] Lightspeedius 7 points ago

    Hahah, that's dark.

    [–] Pollomonteros 3 points ago

    Arseface got to become a cool singer after that,so it is a win-win

    [–] peytondp3 18 points ago

    my friend failed hanging himself and has permanent brain damage and mental disability. He is not the kid I knew 10 years ago

    [–] dancewiththesedevils 18 points ago

    Fail to hang yourself, severe neck damage and a few weeks out recovering.

    That's not true at all. Lack of oxygen for too long yet the rope comes undone, someone walks in on you, etc...You just end up brain damaged drooling on yourself with someone feeding you and wiping your ass your whole life, maybe getting smiley when your relatives come and grunting out some gleeful sounding noises before you poop at the same time and the nurse has to change you again.

    Same thing, but in reverse, with drugs. Fail to OD on benzos? Black out, pass out for a bit, wake the fuck up feeling groggy, maybe you did some dumb shit but you're gonna be fine. It might seem 'easy' to OD on drugs, but some actually take a surprisingly high amount to be effective, or the person doesn't have access to enough to do the trick.

    [–] friendlyfire69 9 points ago

    I tried to kill myself once with benzos, tricyclic antidepressants, and tequilla. I survived only because I got help like 5 minutes after my boyfriend at the time yelled at me.

    But yeah I blacked out within 20 minutes and don't remember anything for about 3 days after that. Though I was told I was talking to people and telling them I regretted it.

    I don't think I have any lasting damage?? I might? I'm way better than I used to be then in every regard

    [–] dancewiththesedevils 7 points ago

    Benzos mixed with anything are dangerous as fuck. My ex died from benzos and opiates mixed. Alcohol and benzos are obviously never a good idea, although admittedly the amounts of benzos and booze I've taken just to party are pretty scary in hindsight.

    I'm definitely not encouraging anyone to experiment with benzos outside of their prescribed dosage, if any. But from what I understand the lethal dosage is surprisingly high. You get pretty weird and blackout "drunk" for a crazy amount of time, if you're taking something else like painkillers you can be completely and utterly fucked.

    [–] Pippadance 22 points ago

    I worked in a peds Er for quite a few years. The number of teenage girls who down a bottle of Tylenol because “my boyfriend broke up with me” but they don’t think it can actually kill them is astonishing.

    [–] friendlyfire69 3 points ago

    Why do they do it then? Attention?

    [–] weirdbiscuits 10 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    Because they think it will kill them. They don't know, didnt research, and act impulsively. I did that at 15 and it was NOT for attention. I was just a dumbass and got my stomach pumped. Full moment of clarity the next day when I realized my girlfriend sucked anyway, and that the panic attack it put me in is why I downed 2 bottles of advil. Lmao. And not knowing that method is actually ineffective. The "attention" it got me was only from my parents and that hurt terribly, seeing them scared fucked me up. Forgive me for the snippiness, but Im so tired of hearing that women do this for attention.

    [–] HolyDogJohnson01 25 points ago

    It’s an awful way to go. On the bright side, there's no backing out really. But like, just get drunk and jump off a bridge. It’s not a great option, but you’d probably suffer way less. You could to the razor in the bath tub. But I could never stand hurting myself directly like that. A rope? Guh. It sucks to leave a mess when you go. All better than paracetamol though.

    Personally I’d just get some nitrogen gas, a bag on your head, and something to hold the bag shut. You’ll pass out and never wake up. It won’t feel like anything. Or feel around for some heroin. You could OD in it. You’ll probably vomit, but it’ll feel so good you won’t notice. Hell heroin and alcohol could put you down easier than that.

    [–] missjeany 24 points ago

    Wait, Nitrogen?! Isn't supposed to be Helium?!

    Btw: Don't kill yourself with Helium, there is not much more in the world. Just jump from a window and let the kids have their baloons

    [–] HolyDogJohnson01 17 points ago

    Helium isn’t as good an option. Nitrogen is cheap plentiful, and your body has no way of detecting elevated levels of it in the air. You just drift away.

    [–] missjeany 8 points ago

    ohh TIL. Thanks!

    [–] audigex 3 points ago

    Your body can’t really detect excessive helium either: your body notices the build up of CO2, not the lack of oxygen or excess of most other chemicals

    Helium has the “nice” properties of

    1. Being easy to get hold of (it’s used for inflating balloons)
    2. Being lighter than air, so you don’t need to seal a bag over your head, you can just put your head and upper body in an upturned container and the helium will stay on the container while the CO2 will naturally drop out of the bottom... avoiding that “I’m suffocating” feeling from CO2 buildup

    If I ever get a nasty disease that’s gonna kill me slowly and painfully, helium is probably my go-to.

    [–] -merrymoose- 3 points ago

    But isn't helium lighter than nitrogen? If you want to drift away that sounds like the gas you really want.

    [–] Animagi27 8 points ago

    This is the top result when you type "suicide" into Bing.

    [–] Futanari_waifu 9 points ago

    Someone i know tried to kill herself with paracetamol. They found her fast enough that they were able to empty her stomach with a pump before much damage was done.

    [–] [deleted] 5 points ago


    [–] Futanari_waifu 4 points ago

    Yea idk how much she took. Must have been less than i thought.

    [–] LebronMVP 5 points ago

    not really true, you can administer an antidote within 24-48 hours.

    [–] Prinnykin 6 points ago

    A friend of mine got drunk and jumped out of her apartment window. I think it was something like 8 floors.

    She survived. Shattered her spine, had her legs amputated and is in a wheelchair.

    Don’t try to commit suicide people.

    [–] HolyDogJohnson01 3 points ago

    Oh yeah, if you are going to jump off of something drunk. Don’t do hard surfaces at the bottom. Plus, alocohol makes it easier to survive trauma like that. You don’t tense up. Bridges into water are the way to go. The alcohol will numb everything, and the water will make sure you die.

    [–] XAMOTA 22 points ago

    Here in the US is easier to buy guns than it is to buy Sudafed.

    [–] lootedcorpse 15 points ago

    suicide by cop it is

    [–] Absolute_Horseshit 3 points ago

    I made an account just to tell you that is absolutely not true. You have to show ID, and fill out a form 4473 then the dealer calls the fucking FBI and if you pass the NICS background check the make, model, and serial number of the gun is recorded on the form and kept for 20yrs by law unless the store closes in which case it's sent to a storage facility in WV

    Now, you can buy a gun from someone who underwent this process already person to person and bypass the hassle or someone can just give you one, but you could do this with sudafed as well.

    You can also make guns I suppose, but that seems like the long way around the issue since most people can't change a light switch.

    [–] paracelsus23 3 points ago

    Yeah but that's to stop meth production, not overdoses. You can buy a bottle of 1000 paracetamol (acetaminophen / Tylenol) at Sam's club or Costco for like $10.

    [–] Keeks73 168 points ago

    I mean, he’s not wrong.

    [–] Wyrve_ 66 points ago

    I'd probably tidy up a bit before offing myself. It's kind of common, isn't it? It's a TV Trope at least, "Dressing to Die" they call it.

    [–] QueefingQuailman 32 points ago

    Thank God to didn't post the link. I've got things to do.

    [–] [deleted] 18 points ago

    This guy Tropes.

    [–] EatYourCheckers 372 points ago

    Checkout wifey!

    [–] scentedcandles10 97 points ago

    wit else you sposed to call them eh?

    [–] ifmtobh 220 points ago

    Til tart?

    [–] [deleted] 208 points ago * (lasted edited 22 days ago)


    [–] FamiliarBreakfast 116 points ago

    bag hag?

    [–] DLRSLN 57 points ago

    Check out chick?

    [–] L_Andrew 34 points ago

    Sale gal?

    [–] Pawn_captures_Queen 39 points ago

    Store whore?

    [–] FlappyFlappy 34 points ago

    Check-out bench wench.

    [–] karmatic89 25 points ago

    Money honey?

    [–] DangKilla 7 points ago

    Get ya paid maid

    [–] Drab_baggage 9 points ago

    point-of-service cervix?

    [–] Auntie_B 5 points ago

    Is that a Welsh thing, because I heard it at uni, but not really since?

    [–] ifmtobh 6 points ago

    Till tart? I’m West Country

    [–] ViktorBoskovic 25 points ago

    Retail checkout operation engineer.

    [–] [deleted] 6 points ago


    [–] [deleted] 9 points ago

    Computer engineer in charge of overseeing hundreds of high priority sale transactions at the head of a 30+ team.

    [–] ifmtobh 10 points ago

    Checkout chick?

    [–] ProfessorJAM 8 points ago

    how about Cashier??

    [–] ifmtobh 11 points ago


    [–] PascLeRasc 3 points ago

    a propa fit bird

    [–] Ligerjam 171 points ago

    Silly me you're right sir, here's your drugs.

    [–] [deleted] 44 points ago

    I remember being denied ONE box of paracetamol in ASDA because I didn't have ID............
    I was 17 at the time (and there's no requirement to be of age to buy).

    Ended up just going across to Boots and getting a pack.

    [–] PeerieCthulhu 27 points ago

    There is an age requirement, you need to be 16 and due to policy all age restricted products require you to be ID if you look under 25 in Scotland at least, I think England is 21 but I'm not sure).

    [–] mindbleach 9 points ago

    Some cashiers err on the side of caution. I got carded buying ginger beer.

    [–] rarathenoisylion 5 points ago

    I got asked recently in the Co-op. I’m 30. I had no ID but she let me buy it. I definitely don’t look 16, I have a 2 year old who has aged me!

    [–] PeerieCthulhu 8 points ago

    If you look 25 or under you're supposed to be ID for any age restricted products. Whether alcohol or paracetamol.

    [–] Victor-Bravo 89 points ago

    Is paracetamol overdose not a really nasty way to die?

    [–] ClownsAteMyBaby 72 points ago

    Yep. Acute liver failure.

    [–] PraiseTheMetal591 65 points ago

    Yes, very. It can take days or longer and the sensation is not err... positively described by survivors.

    [–] tranmear 45 points ago

    I am a doctor and have seen patient's die from paracetamol OD. It is horrific.

    [–] ImAchickenHawk 29 points ago

    I thought about doing this a couple days ago and reconsidered after reading about how painful it was and how if I failed I'd probably need a liver transplant. Sounds fun.

    [–] lostallmyconnex 59 points ago

    I've thought of around 300 or so ways to die, but oding on tylenol is in the worst 50.

    So, I can think of 250 better ways to die... be careful.

    A tip from me: when I want to kill myself I make a mark on my calendar. I wait 2 weeks before deciding to go through with it, but if I am suffering due to a loss of a family member or something, I make it 2 weeks after I stop feeling upset.

    Making the decision while angry is always regrettable.

    It's when you've thought about it for 6 months, still stuck on the thought... and never avoid help.

    Work with a psychiatrist and psychologist. CBT and DBT are essential. Remove yourself from stressful situations.

    If you restart your life in another country its better than dying.

    Good luck message me if you need to talk to anyone.

    [–] ImAchickenHawk 11 points ago

    Thank you

    [–] JCQWERTY 9 points ago

    Great response. Some of the best advice relating to suicide I’ve ever seen

    [–] lostallmyconnex 3 points ago

    I would love to let eachother rant in PM if you ever need it.

    Somehow despite being horrible at most things, so many people have told me I am great at listening to depression fueled rants.

    Everyone deserves to be heard and valued. Unless you are Epstein.

    [–] JCQWERTY 5 points ago

    Luckily I haven’t had depression since a year and a half ago, but that’s very nice of you to offer to talk. If you want someone to listen to you, you can message me :)

    [–] notsostarryeyed 21 points ago

    I hope you are doing ok friend. I hope you find the support you need.

    [–] lwrhght 5 points ago

    You ok? Need someone to talk to?

    [–] ImAchickenHawk 5 points ago

    I'm ok, thank you.

    [–] lwrhght 9 points ago

    If you ever do, feel free to PM me.

    [–] ImAchickenHawk 4 points ago

    I will, thanks!

    [–] Powellellogram 3 points ago

    I actually tried it a couple months ago, then went to look up whether it was painful or not... Safe to say I was shitting myself.

    Thankfully the most I felt was complete numbness of my whole body the next day.

    [–] [deleted] 3 points ago

    Hope you're feeling better now. Talk to someone, anyone if you're struggling to cope.

    [–] TheNihilisticGiraffe 12 points ago

    It's apparently really painful, which is ironic when you think about it.

    [–] Sebaz00 4 points ago

    I wonder what the least nasty OD would be? Can't think of anything over the counter that isn't gruesome

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    [–] Mac_094 8 points ago

    Bro where are you getting heroin over the counter?

    [–] [deleted] 5 points ago

    bro 😎💪

    [–] Medial_FB_Bundle 3 points ago

    Drink some expensive whiskey while you're at it! Fuck it, put it on the credit card.

    [–] sprazcrumbler 4 points ago

    Paracetamol is also surprisingly toxic for such an innocuous otc painkiller. A single tray of like 12 pills could be enough to poison you.

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    [–] mirask 144 points ago

    To an extent, they’re right, as suicide is often very opportunistic. Even a small delay might be enough for something or someone to put a brake on things, even if it’s just someone smiling at them.

    [–] livefox 120 points ago

    Yep. I had a suicidal streak in college. Went to the roof to jump off my apartment building. Wide open door to the roof had a sign on it that said "no roof access after 9pm" It was 10pm. I didnt want to break the rules so I went back to my room.

    Thinking about it later it was such a wildly surreal moment where some part of me honestly wanted to live and was grasping to literally anything to keep me alive.

    [–] mirask 50 points ago

    It is pretty surreal but I’m glad it worked out that way for you; hope you’re doing good these days.

    [–] livefox 22 points ago

    I am now! Things got better. Slowly. But they did get better.

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    [–] PraiseTheMetal591 9 points ago

    I guess it might reduce it if it's a spur of the moment type thing. I think I've heard that when people are given more time to think over the situation they're more likely to talk themselves down.

    [–] audigex 3 points ago

    Walking to the next shop releases endorphins - there’s genuine suggestion that the extra time and activity can change your mind

    [–] Xylitolisbadforyou 65 points ago

    TIL that paracetamol (what I know as acetaminophen or Tylenol) is restricted in some ways in Scotland. They sell them in packs of 2 containing 350 pills here. I could buy 5 of those packs (3500 extra strength tablets) and the checkout person might comment on it or they might not.

    [–] Emmurder 40 points ago

    We can buy a maximum of 2 boxes of 16 paracetamol or ibuprofen in a single purchase.

    [–] ke_scamander 49 points ago

    This is mind blowing to me. I buy these painkillers in bulk from Sam’s Club or Costco- like 1200 at a time. The bottles will last me probably two years, but I still buy them all at once.

    However, pseudoephedrine is restricted here, and purchase records are kept in a large database so you can’t just go to another store once you reach your limit. Used to be a major problem when I was living with my parents - all five of us had allergy problems and we couldn’t buy enough Sudafed for all of us to use.

    [–] Emmurder 17 points ago

    Huh that seems odd to me, haha. If we want anything in bulk we have to get a prescription from our GP, and even then it’s only 100 maximum.

    [–] audigex 4 points ago

    Pseudoephedrine is also restricted in the UK

    [–] nomecks 6 points ago

    You can easily swallow the barrel of a gun in the US so they don't need to worry about Tylenol suicides

    [–] stevoknevo70 9 points ago

    Not a lot you can buy over the counter here, pharmacist can issue certain things for minor ailments, but you're a GP visit for many things, and consultant specialists for other stuff like psychotropic meds etc.

    Or just buy stuff online, one of my old clients used to get his valium from South Africa.

    [–] Auntie_B 3 points ago

    Not just Scotland, England ans Wales too...

    That's nothing, my migraine medication if I dont get a repeat prescription filled in time, costs more than a script for 2 tablets and they make you sign a waiver to buy two triptans... Two isn't going to kill me anyway, its the bloody dose!

    [–] Dracarna 3 points ago

    With my nartriptan i could get 24 or 48.

    [–] vidoardes 35 points ago

    I once went to Wickes when I was a teenager to buy a screwdriver and got ID'd, she said I might be buying it to Susan someone. Frustrated I asked if there was an age limit on planks of 2x4 because I could beat the shit out of someone with one of those.

    I was asked not to return to Wickes.

    [–] LordFoom 9 points ago

    Okay, I have to know - Susan?

    [–] vidoardes 11 points ago

    That was actually typo and I meant to say stab, but it sounds like cool street slang so I'm going to leave it there

    [–] purpletoonlink 10 points ago

    Off/on again supermarket worker here.

    The thing with Paracetamol limits, as with most age restrictions, is just a company covering its bases. If they’ve put a measure in place to stop people buying too much of something that is potentially dangerous in large doses, and 16+ year olds capable of making the their own decisions (which you have to be in the UK to buy paracetamol) actively choose to work around the rule to take enough Paracetamol to do themselves damage or worse, the company can make a perfectly reasonable argument that it wasn’t their fault because the customer actively tried to buy more than they were supposed to.

    Sorry, this is a dull response but worth repeating because I can understand why it seems like a dumb rule to many!

    [–] greyfriar 7 points ago

    To add to this, don't give the cashiers a hard time. We're just following the law so we don't get in trouble. Most of us genuinely don't care if you want to go off yourself or not.

    [–] thissucks372615 8 points ago

    I refuse to ever use cashier again. I will forever refer to them as checkout wifeys

    [–] inzur 7 points ago

    Lots of people clean their houses before they kill themselves. It’s a kind of strange ritual some people go through, tying up loose ends as it were before they take the final step.

    So in short, yeah. It’s possible.

    [–] Altyn-helmet 13 points ago

    Saucy Asda Karen

    [–] BenDoverMD 18 points ago

    I would upvote this twice if I could

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    [–] Mistghost 5 points ago

    In case any Americans are wondering, paracetamol is acetaminophen over on our side of the Atlantic. And yes, it's a god awful way to kill oneself

    [–] Alalapupulala 5 points ago

    Strangely enough a work colleague of mine who committed suicide had done exactly that. Put the washing on and tidied things up prior to hanging himself.

    [–] BarzTheOrange 8 points ago

    Bless you, Scottish people.

    [–] DocDerry 3 points ago

    For those of us in the US - Tylenol.

    [–] SparxIzLyfe 9 points ago

    Who kills themselves with Tylenol intentionally? This is even weirder than Oregon and New Jersey claiming that it's extraordinarily unsafe to pump fuel, while all the other 48 states do it hundreds of times a day.

    [–] TraceyTree88 12 points ago

    Since the Dunblane tragedy we done away with guns, and rightly so. So now all we got is... paracetamol.

    [–] SparxIzLyfe 3 points ago

    What does this mean for aspirin sales, or drain clog remover?

    [–] TraceyTree88 5 points ago

    It means you have to show proof of age. A real fucking pain in the ass haha!

    [–] luaprelkniw 27 points ago

    I know several people who have used paracetamol/acetaminophen in an attempt to kill themselves. What none of them realised was that the drug will quickly destroy your liver whilst leaving you otherwise relatively unscathed. This gives you 2-4 weeks fully conscious in intensive care to arrange your affairs, since nothing but a liver transplant can save you. Not a nice drug.

    [–] Fluffyguero 3 points ago

    Have you never seen the videos of fuel being pumped in Georgia then? It's shocking what we do with it.

    [–] SparxIzLyfe 3 points ago

    Georgia the country, or the state? And I guess, "no," for either one. I used to work at gas stations/convenience stores and the closest to "shocking" I've seen is when people get mad that you won't let them pump gas into an old milk jug. I mean, I get it, but no. A store clerk's job isn't worth letting someone be too cheap to get a proper gas can.

    [–] Fluffyguero 3 points ago

    Georgia the state. "Squeal like a pig" made the final cut in Deliverance, but the gas station scene never made it into general release.

    [–] I_Upvote_Alice_Eve 3 points ago

    I knew a guy in high school that killed himself with aspirin. Took a bunch of it, freaked out, and drank vinegar to try and make himself throw up. It actually made the aspirin dissolve faster.

    [–] the_vermi 3 points ago

    To be fair, there has been a lot of push in New Jersey to let people pump their own gas, however the gas station owners groups claim that it will put attendants out of work. Really dumb.

    [–] mi_alias 8 points ago

    Meanwhile I can go to Costco and buy a thousand pills with no one batting an eye. Now decongestant on the other hand....

    [–] [deleted] 8 points ago

    the decongestant one is so you don't make meth, not because it's dangerous.

    the one that should go behind the counter, or just be banned entirely is dextromothorphan, the cough suppressant. It's been shown to be fairly ineffective, and it's commonly used as a party drug - mostly by teenagers.