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The American Health Podcast is created by the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, a project of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The Initiative works to tackle some of the most pressing challenges to public health in the United States: Addiction and Overdose, Environmental Challenges, Obesity and the Food System, Risks to Adolescent Health and Violence. Visit to learn more.

Sep 30, 2019

An extreme risk protection order, or ERPO, is a civil order issued by a court that prevents a person at risk of violence to self or others from purchasing or possessing guns while the order is in place. Studies of ERPOs in Connecticut and Indiana suggest that these orders are effective at preventing suicide. September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and the American Health Podcast is marking this important time with a series of podcasts focusing on research and evidence-based practices around suicide prevention. In Part 5, learn more about ERPOs and how access to guns impacts suicide rates.