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Suicide, Guns, and Public Policy.
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PMID:  23153127     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Suicide is a serious public health concern that is responsible for almost 1 million deaths each year worldwide. It is commonly an impulsive act by a vulnerable individual. The impulsivity of suicide provides opportunities to reduce the risk of suicide by restricting access to lethal means. In the United States, firearms, particularly handguns, are the most common means of suicide. Despite strong empirical evidence that restriction of access to firearms reduces suicides, access to firearms in the United States is generally subject to few restrictions. Implementation and evaluation of measures such as waiting periods and permit requirements that restrict access to handguns should be a top priority for reducing deaths from impulsive suicide in the United States. (Am J Public Health. Published online ahead of print November 15, 2012: e1-e4. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2012.300964).
E Michael Lewiecki; Sara A Miller
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-11-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of public health     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1541-0048     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Public Health     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
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Created Date:  2012-11-16     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  1254074     Medline TA:  Am J Public Health     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
E. Michael Lewiecki is with the Department of Internal Medicine, University of New Mexico School of Medicine, and the New Mexico Clinical Research & Osteoporosis Center, Albuquerque. Sara A. Miller is with the Richard B. Simches Research Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University, Boston.
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