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||Has the method of suicide changed over time?
||Between 1990 and 2000, most youth suicides involved a firearm; each year since, suffocation was the leading cause.
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- The proportion of youth suicides involving a firearm peaked at 69% in 1994, and has generally declined. In 2019, firearms were involved in 47% of youth suicides.
- Comparatively, the proportion of suicides involving suffocation (e.g., hanging) grew from 20% in 1991 to a peak of 53% in 2008. In 2019, 47% of youth suicides were the result of suffocation.
Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02707.asp?qaDate=2019.
Released on April 16, 2021.
Data source: Office of Statistics and Programming, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC. WISQARS (Web-Based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System) [interactive database system]. Online. Available: http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/index.html
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