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Lagging American Lifespan Due to Traumatic Injury

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

An Associated Press article by Lindsey Tanner this week sheds light on a recent study of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics on injury in America. The CDC data shows that injuries from violence, vehicle crashes and drug poisonings and overdoses are the leading cause of death for Americans up the the age of 44.

“U.S. death rates from these three injury categories exceed those in 12 other developed countries included in the study: Austria, Denmark, Finalnd, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom,” Tanner says.

The study was published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study’s lead author, Andrew Fenelon, a sociologist with the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, is quoted as saying, “If we brought mortality from car crashes, firearm injuries and drug poisonings down to levels that we see in these other countries, we’d gain about a year of life expectancy.”

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