Gun Suicides Keep Rising Among U.S. Youth
By Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Sept. 5, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Suicides by Americans aged 10 to 24 are continuing to climb and guns are increasingly the method of choice in these tragedies, a new report finds.
Easy access to firearms can mean suicide is often impulsively done and fatal, the researchers pointed out.
"Prior research has identified the correlation between readily accessible guns in the home and suicide," wrote a team led by Dr. Stephanie Garcia, a resident surgeon at the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine in Tulsa.
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The new findings "show that firearm suicide mortality is increasing in this [younger] population," they added.
In the study, Garcia and her colleagues looked at U.S. federal data on all suicide deaths among people ages 10 through 24 from 2013 to the end of 2020.