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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
March 13, 2018

Suicide: The Leading Cause of Violent Death

JAMA. 2018;319(10):973. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.1699

Suicide was the leading cause of violent death in the United States accounting for 14 834 (65.6%) of violent deaths in 2014, according to a recent report from the CDC.

The findings are the latest from the agency’s National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS), which included 18 states in 2014. The report provides a snapshot of the circumstances behind the roughly 22 000 violent deaths that occurred in those states that year

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