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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
June 19, 2013

Suicide Now Claims More US Lives Than Vehicular Crashes

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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Section Editor: Rebecca Voelker, MSJ.

JAMA. 2013;309(23):2432. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.6689

Suicides have surpassed deaths from motor vehicle crashes in the United States, with particularly high increases in suicide deaths reported between 1999 and 2010 among middle-aged adults.

Data in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report showed that in 2010, 38 364 US residents took their own lives and 33 687 died in motor vehicle crashes. Among adults aged 35 to 64 years, the suicide rate increased by 28%, from 13.7 to 17.6 per 100 000 population during the 12-year data collection period. In comparison, changes in suicide rates among children, teens, and younger adults as well as adults aged 65 years and older were relatively small.

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