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A new study from University of Michigan researchers finds that people with more chronic pain are more likely to commit suicide. The study is important now that Washington has become the second state to legalize assisted suicide after Oregon.

The study included 5,700 adults and it found those who have chronic pain other than arthritis were four times more likely to have attempted suicide than adults without pain.

Patients with head pain or pain linked to multiple areas of the body were most likely to consider suicide — indicating pain relief continues to be a great method of reducing the desire for assisted suicide.

According to a Reuters report, among those with three or more painful conditions, 14 percent said they had at some point thought about suicide, while nearly 6 percent reported an actual suicide attempt. [13Nov08,, #4470; Washington, DC,]