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June 15, 2012

New Report Ranks States on Injury Deaths and Prevention Potential

Half of States Rank 5 or Lower on 10-point Scale

A new report of state-by-state injury death rates also includes a report card scoring states on injury prevention policies and practices. New Mexico has the highest rate of injury-related deaths at 97.8 per 100,000 people, while New Jersey has the lowest rate at 36.1. The national rate is 57.9 deaths per 100,000 Americans. The best injury prevention scores were earned by California and New York, while Ohio and Montana were lowest. Montana was has the second-highest injury-related death rate, at 86.5.

The study, The Facts Hurt: A State-By-State Injury Prevention Policy Report, was released by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Injury prevention rankings were determined based on 10 key strategies shown to reduce injuries and save lives, including laws regarding seat belts, drunk driving and motorcycle helmets, as well as incidence of domestic violence, prescription drug abuse and concussions in youth sports.
State Injury Death Rates:

Injury Death Rates

Injuries - including those caused by accidents and violence - are the leading cause of death for Americans between the ages of one and 44, and are the third leading cause of death nationally. Approximately 50 million Americans receive medical treatment for injuries each year and more than 2.8 million are hospitalized. Every year, injuries generate $406 billion in lifetime costs for medical care and lost productivity. 
The report concludes that millions of injuries could be prevented each year if more states adopted, implemented and enforced additional research-based injury prevention policies. 

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