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Suicide causes more deaths than car accidents (USA)

October 4, 2012

The Americal Journal of Public Health of the American Public Health Association (APHA) has published the results of a national study revealing that suicide is now ranked number one as the cause of injury mortality, surpassing motor vehicle accidents, poisoning, falls and homicide.

While it appears that public health interventions have been successful at reducing traffic mortalities over the past decade, mortality rates for unintentional poisoning, falls and suicide increased by 128 per cent, 71 per cent and 15 per cent respectively.

Highlights of the article, titled Leading Causes of Unintentional and Intentional Injury Mortality: United States, 2000 – 2009″ can be found on the APHA website.

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