Guns are the most lethal weapon of suicide, study finds  

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Guns are the most lethal weapon of suicide in the US: 90% of attempts using firearms are fatal, study finds In 2017, more than 47,000 Americans died by suicide, making it the 10th leading cause of death Most attempted suicides are self-poisonings  Collectively, guns and hangings account for 75% of suicide deaths   Less than 10 percent of suicide attempts involve guns, but over 89% of those that do prove fatal, new Harvard University research reveals

By Natalie Rahhal Deputy Health Editor For Dailymail.com

Published: 00:00 GMT, 3 December 2019 | Updated: 00:00 GMT, 3 December 2019

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Suicides that involve guns are fatal nine times out of 10, a new study reveals. 

Researchers at Harvard University found that while firearms are used in the least number of suicidal acts, they result in far and away more deaths. 

Suicide has climbed the ranks of causes of death in the US to be come the 10th leading cause of fatalities among adults in the US, trailing just behind kidney diseases. 

The study authors found that the use of a gun was the main predictor of variation in rates of suicide across the nation.

Guns are used in less than 10 percent of suicide attempts, but they lead to deaths almost 90 percent of the time they're used, a staggering Harvard study reveals

Guns are used in less than 10 percent of suicide attempts, but they lead to deaths almost 90 percent of the time they're used, a staggering Harvard study reveals  

There are more guns than people in the US. 

It's an often cited statistic, but a growing body of research points to the correspondence between firearm availability and suicide rates. 

And that discovery comes as rates of suicide march ever-higher. 

In 2017, 47,173 Americans died by suicide, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. 

That number marked a 33 percent increase over suicide rates in the US in 1999.  

Experts warn that access to a means of

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