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Detroit News, March 25, 1931. Today this sort of reporting is frowned upon by the Center for Disease Control. A 1989 report on the role of media in suicide contagion states: “Describing technical details about the method of suicide is undesirable. For example, reporting that a person died from carbon monoxide poisoning may not be harmful; however, providing details of the mechanism and procedures used to complete the suicide may facilitate imitation of the suicidal behavior by other at-risk persons.”

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