Apparently Suicide is more prevalent than deaths caused by car crashes in the United States. At least that's what a new study in the American Journal of Public Health is saying. The National Center for Health Statistics produced data from between 2000 and 2009 (though now 2010 through 2012) to determine this assumption.
So it's kind of a bummer to know that more Americans are killing themselves than dying in car wrecks, but it's indicative of various things. First of all, the poor economy can lead to higher self-inflicted death rates. The data was gathered just in time to see the bad effects of the housing slump and economic crash, so certainly there was a spike in these reports at the later part of the study.
Suicide appears to be the most frequent cause of what are referred to as "injury deaths," topping not only car crashes but poisoning and even murder! So if the study is correct, the results are insinuating that more people kill themselves in the United States than are being murdered. That's rather hard to believe, don't you think?
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