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All Violent Deaths, Figure 5

Cost Estimates of Violent Deaths: Figures and Tables

Percentage of Total Combined Medical and Work Loss Costs of Violent Death, by Intent and Mechanism, United States, 2005

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In 2005, firearm injury was the most common mechanism of death for suicide and homicide, costing $12.7 billion and $14.6 billion respectively. For suicides, suffocation and poisoning ranked as the next most common mechanisms in terms of total combined medical and work loss costs. Suffocation and poisoning together accounted for 44% of the total combined cost of suicides ($11.8 billion), almost equal to the cost of firearm injuries. Cut/pierce was the next most common mechanism for homicides, after firearm injury, with a total combined cost of $2.2 billion.

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