Year: 1988 Source: Psychology Today, v.22, no.78, (July/August 1988), p.16 SIEC No: 19880530

Young women are switching from drugs to guns as a way to kill themselves according to this very brief article. In 1970 fewer than one-third of the suicides by women aged 15-24 were with a firearm compared with a little more than half in 1984. In contrast, the percentage of those using drugs dropped from 42 to 19 percent. Several reasons are suggested: barbiturates which are frequently used, are more difficult to obtain & newer drugs are less lethal while guns are still readily available. (GW)