CDC Suicide Statistics: Suicide Is Now #1 Cause of Injury Death
I accidentally came across an article that was saying suicide is now the number 1 cause of injury death, more than auto accidents.
It shocked me. So I did some more research on this and discovered up to the latest year for which we have statistics, 2009, that this is true. (see below WebMD article)
We all hear too often that someone within our church or community died of from injuries sustained in an auto accident. But to think that people taking their own life now exceeds car deaths, honestly, it just floors me.
Something is going very, very wrong within our culture.
It makes you wonder how many of these deaths are connected to individuals taking SSRI and psychotropic drugs? How many of these deaths might be connected to an adverse drug reaction (i.e., allergic to the drug, bad interaction with other drugs, etc.)? Or what about people who are very depressed over loss of employment, interpersonal issues? How much does our lack of quality diet contribute to depression?
How much does the media hype and crisis mode helps contribute to these situations?
So be more sensitive to others around you. Let’s all work on improving our diets, exercising more, getting more sleep so we are more resilient. Let’s turn things over to God and look for direction from Him. Research shows that prayer and mediation helps defuse things.
This nation has never had a history before of having high suicide rates. We need to stop this in its tracks.
Think about it! –NoNameAttorney
Suicide, Not Car Crashes, #1 Cause of Injury Death
ByJennifer Warner WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD
Sept. 20, 2012 — Suicide has overtaken car crashes as the leading cause of injury-related deaths in the U.S.
While public health efforts have curbed the number of car fatalities by 25% over the last decade, a new study shows suicide deaths rose by 15% during the same period.
In addition, deaths from unintentional poisoning and falls have also increased dramatically in recent years.
Researchers found deaths caused by accidental poisoning and falls increased by 128% and 71%, respectively.
“Comprehensive and sustained traffic safety measures have apparently substantially diminished the motor vehicle traffic mortality rate, and similar attention and resources are needed to reduce the burden of other injury,” researcher Ian Rockett, PhD, MPH of West Virginia University and colleagues write in the American Journal of Public Health.
Causes of Death Evolving
In the study, researchers looked at cause of death data from the National Center for Health Statistics from 2000 to 2009.
“Contrasting with disease mortality, the injury mortality rate trended upward during most of that decade,” write the researchers.
The top five leading causes of injury-related deaths were:
2. Motor vehicle crashes
Researchers say the findings demonstrate that suicide is now a global public health issue.