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    For information on the most lethal methods of suicide, a good starting point is the statistics on the number of successful suicides by method. There is also a much published study from 1995, where 291 lay persons and 10 forensic pathologists rated the lethality, time, and agony for 28 methods of suicide for 4,117 cases of completed suicide in Los Angeles County in the period 1988-1991.

    They were asked to rate each method as follows:

    Lethality: How likely is the method to cause death (where 0% is no chance, and 100% is absolute certainty)

    Time: An opinion on the length of time the method will require to produce death

    Agony: The amount of pain and discomfort you would expect from the use of the particular method (ranked on scale of 0 to 100 where 0 is no pain/discomfort and 100 is the most pain/discomfort possible)

    CE Rhyne, DI Templer, LG Brown and NB Peters, “Dimensions of Suicide: Perceptions of Lethality, Time and Agony”, in Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, Vol. 25(3), 1995.

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    by annieli on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 12:02:41 PM PDT

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