September 28, 2020
Virginia Lock & Talk Program Prevents Suicide by Medication and Gun Means
Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, claiming the lives of over 48,000 people per year. Two of the leading methods for suicide are firearms and self-poisoning (overdose). The State of Virginia is promoting safe and responsible care of lethal means to promote wellness and prevent suicide through its Lock & Talk Virginia program.
Lock & Talk Virginia Suicide Prevention Initiative
The Lock & Talk Virginia program is based on suicide prevention strategy and research from the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. Its components include:
Safe Handling and Secure Storage of Lethal Means
Lock & Talk Virginia distributes safety devices and instructions to help its community members secure prescription medications and firearms.
By distributing safety devices such as medication lock boxes, medication deactivation kits, gun trigger locks, and gun cable locks, Lock & Talk is encouraging safekeeping of the leading methods of suicide.
Nearly two-thirds (60%) of U.S. suicides involve firearms
Child and teen firearm suicide rates have increased by 65% in the past 10 years
One in five suicides in the U.S. employed overdose as the primary method
80% of overdose ...