The CDC Downplays Guns' Role In Suicide-Prevention Messages Congress prohibits the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from using any of its funding to promote or advocate for gun control. NPR science correspondent Nell Greenfieldboyce looked into how that makes it difficult for the CDC to talk frankly about the role guns play in suicide.

If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (En Español: 1-888-628-9454; Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889) or the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.

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How The CDC's Reluctance To Use The 'F-Word' — Firearms — Hinders Suicide Prevention

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How The CDC's Reluctance To Use The 'F-Word' — Firearms — Hinders Suicide Prevention

How The CDC's Reluctance To Use The 'F-Word' — Firearms — Hinders Suicide Prevention

How The CDC's Reluctance To Use The 'F-Word' — Firearms — Hinders Suicide Prevention

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In the U.S., firearms kill more people through suicide than homicide. Joe Raedle/Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Congress prohibits the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from using any of its funding to promote or advocate for gun control. NPR science correspondent Nell Greenfieldboyce looked into how that makes it difficult for the CDC to talk frankly about the role guns play in suicide.

Nell Greenfieldboyce's original story on the CDC and guns is here.

If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (En Español: 1-888-628-9454; Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889) or the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.

This episode was produced by Brent Baughman and edited by Viet Le.