More people now die of suicide that in car accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2010 [the latest reporting year], there were 33,687 deaths from motor vehicle crashes and 38,364 suicides….The rise may stem from the economic downturn….Another factor may be the widespread availability of opioid drugs like OxyContin and oxycodone, which can be particularly deadly in large doses.
New York Times
“Suicide Rates Rise Sharply in U.S.”
May 2, 2013