Suicide Rate

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The government says suicide among American youngsters and teens dropped dramatically in the last decade, particularly with regard to firearms deaths.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the suicide rate for those ages 10 to 19 fell by about a quarter, from 6.2 deaths per 100,000 in 1992 to 4.6 per 100,000 in 2001.

The CDC study also found that hanging and other forms of suffocation, including use of belts, ropes or plastic bags, are on the rise among American youngsters. These forms of suicide deaths have even overtaken firearms deaths among those ages 10 to 14-years-old.

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