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Toxicology Testing and Results for Suicide Victims       Archived


In 2003, 31,484 suicides occurred in the United States, and suicide was the fourth leading cause of death among persons aged 10--64 years and the second and third leading causes of death among persons aged 25--34 and 10--24 years. To assess the contribution of substance use to suicide, CDC analyzed test results of suicide victims in 13 states. Findings indicated that 33.3% of the victims tested positive for alcohol, and 16.4% were positive for opiates (heroin or prescription pain medications). Created: 11/24/2007 by MMWR. Date Released: 1/26/2007. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.

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