Suicide, Table 4
Cost Estimates of Violent Deaths: Figures and Tables
Footnote: *Total cost estimates have been rounded to the nearest $1,000.
**For definitions of injury mechanisms by ICD-10 external-cause-of-injury codes based on the underlying cause of death, see http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/ice/icd10_transcode.pdf.
† Suicide includes deaths among persons aged 10 years and older because intent can be difficult to determine for those younger than age 10.
In 2005, firearm-related suicides were the most costly mechanism to society, with $12.7 billion in total combined medical and work loss costs, representing 48% of all suicide costs. Suffocation and poisoning were the next two highest costing mechanisms of suicide, with a total combined cost of $7.3 billion and $4.5 billion, respectively. Suffocation also resulted in the highest average combined cost per suicide ($1 million).