CDC: Suicide leading cause of violent death in 48 states and District of Columbia in 2021
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CDC: Suicide leading cause of violent death in 48 states and District of Columbia in 2021

WEDNESDAY, July 10, 2024 (HealthDay News) — There were 70,688 violent deaths in 2021 across 48 states and the District of Columbia, more than half of them suicides, according to research published in the July 11 advance edition of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Brenda L. Nguyen, MPH, of the CDC in Atlanta, and her colleagues collected data on violent deaths that occurred in 2021 from death certificates, coroner and medical examiner records, and law enforcement reports.

Information was obtained on 68,866 fatal incidents involving 70,688 deaths that occurred in 48 states and the District of Columbia in 2021. The researchers found that of the 70,688 deaths, the majority were suicides (58.2 percent), followed by homicides, deaths of undetermined intent that may have been caused by violence, deaths due to legal intervention, and deaths due to unintentional firearm injuries (31.5, 8.2, 1.3, and <1.0 percent, respectively). The suicide rate was higher among men than women and was highest among adults aged 85 years and older and among non-Hispanic Native Americans or Alaska Natives. The most common method of injury for suicide was a firearm among both men and women. Suicide was most frequently preceded by mental health, intimate partner, or physical health problems or a recent or impending crisis in the previous or upcoming 2 weeks among all suicide victims when the circumstances were known. The homicide rate was higher among men than women, highest among those aged 20 to 24 years and among non-Hispanic black and African-American men.

“Monitoring the incidence of fatal violence-related injuries, identifying priorities, and informing preventive actions are essential components of public health surveillance,” the authors write.

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