Suicide is a bigger killer than car crashes, according to an alarming new study.
The number of people dying from suicide has drastically increased, while car accident deaths haven lessened, making suicide the leading cause of injury death.
Suicides via falls or poisoning have risen significantly and experts fear there could be en more going recognized, specifically in cases of overdose.
“Suicides are terribly under-counted,” said Ian Rockett, author of the study, published in the American Journal of Public Health.
“I think the problem is much worse than official data would lead us to believe. We have a situation that has gotten out of hand.”
He added that his goal is to see the same attention paid to other injuries as has been paid to traffic injuries.
The results were compiled using National Center for Health Statistics data gathered from 2000 to 2009.
Researchers noted a 25 percent decrease in car accident deaths, while deaths from falls rose 71 percent, from poisoning 128 percent and from suicide 15 percent.
Previous research has suggested that suicide rates go up during recessions and times of economic crisis.
“Economic problems can impact how people feel about themselves and their futures as well as their relationships with family and friends,” Feijun Luo of CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention.