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Injury Deaths Compared to Other Leading Causes of Death for Persons Ages 1-44, U. S. 2010. CDC.gov

The Bad News
Violence and injuries affect everyone regardless of age, race, or economic status. In the United States violence and injuries:
  • Kill more people ages 1-44 than any other cause. See the CDC's 10 Leading Causes of Death.
    • >180,000 deaths from injury, annually (1 every 3 minutes!).
  • Cost more than $406 billion in medical care and lost productivity each year.
    • 2.8 million hospitalizations.
    • 31.7 million emergency room visits.

The Good News
Prevention works! According to the CDC:

  • Between 1975 and 2008, seat belts saved an estimated 255,000 lives.
  • High school-based violence prevention programs have been shown to cut violent behavior by almost 30%.
  • Ta chi and other exercise programs for older adults have been shown to reduce falls by as much as half.

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Injury and violence prevention
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