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The figure above is a bar chart showing the percentage of suicide deaths, by mechanism and age group, in the United States during 2011. In 2011, firearm was the leading mechanism for suicide deaths for all age groups, ranging from 44% of suicides among persons aged 5-24 years to 72% of suicides among persons aged ≥65 years. Suffocation (including hanging) was the second leading mechanism in the two younger age groups (41% of suicides among persons aged 5-24 years and 32% of suicides among persons aged 25-44 years). In contrast, poisoning (including drug overdose) was the second leading mechanism (22%) among adults aged 45-64 years and those aged ≥65 years (8%).

In 2011, firearm was the leading mechanism for suicide deaths for all age groups, ranging from 44% of suicides among persons aged 5–24 years to 72% of suicides among persons aged ≥65 years. Suffocation was the second leading mechanism in the two younger age groups (41% of suicides among persons aged 5–24 years and 32% of suicides among persons aged 25–44 years). In contrast, poisoning was the second leading mechanism (22%) among adults aged 45–64 years and those aged ≥65 years (8%).

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