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Suicide, Figure 8

Cost Estimates of Violent Deaths: Figures and Tables

Percentage of Total Combined Medical and Work Loss Costs of Suicides for Persons Aged 10 Years and Older, by Sex and Mechanism, United States, 2005

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In 2005, the cost of suicide was more than 4 times greater among males ($21.7 billion) than females ($5 billion). The most common and costly mechanism of suicide differed between males and females. Among females, poisoning represented the greatest total combined cost ($1.9 billion), followed by firearm gunshot ($1.5 billion) and suffocation ($1.2 billion). For males, firearm injuries cost the most, with total combined costs of $ 11.2 billion, followed by suffocation ($6.1 billion) and poisoning ($2.6 billion).

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