Year: 1996 Source: The IHS Primary Care Provider, v.21, no.3, (March 1996), p.33-35 SIEC No: 20091143

A manual & computer search of Alaska Native death certificates for firearm-related fatalities from 1990-1992 was conducted. During this 3-year period, 116 Alaska Natives lost their lives due to firearm injuries; 88 (76%) of these deaths were suicides. Data from this study indicates Alaska Native firearm victims are most at risk of dying by suicide during the summer months, if they are male, between the ages of 15-30, abusing alcohol/drugs, & have a firearm in their home. (11 refs.)