Injuries, Violence Top Causes of Death for U.S. Youth

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Injuries, Violence Top Causes of Death for Young Americans
Injuries, Violence Top Causes of Death for Young Americans

HealthDay News -- Nearly 80% of deaths among Americans aged 30 years and younger result from injury or violence, according to the CDCss.

In 2010, the top three causes of death for young people were unintentional injury, suicide, and homicide, according to the report, published online in The Lancet.

For all ages, the top five causes of injury deaths were motor-vehicle crashes, poisoning, falls, firearm suicides, and firearm homicides. Almost four-fifths of deaths of young adults were due to injuries, with only one-fifth due to chronic diseases, and only 1% from infectious diseases. Suicides were more than twice as common as homicides (38,364 suicides vs. 16,259 murders) in this age group.

The highest rates of suicide were found among Native American and Alaskan Natives (16.9 per 100,000) and whites (14.9 per 100,000). Homicide rates for blacks (18.6 per 100,000) were twice those of Native Americans and Alaskan Natives, and several times higher than other groups.

Compared with women, men were about four times more likely to commit suicide (nearly 20 per 100,000 versus five per 100,000) or murder (8.3 per 100,000 versus 2.2 per 100,000).

Deaths from narcotic painkillers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone nearly quadrupled since 1990, reaching more than 38,300.

"Nearly 180,000 people of all ages in the United States die every year from injury and violence -- that's one death every three minutes," study author Tamara Haegerich, PhD, a researcher in the CDC's division of unintentional injury prevention, told HealthDay.

References

  1. Haegerich T et al. The Lancet. 2014; doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(14)60074-X.

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