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Study: 80 Percent Of Deaths Before Age Of 30 Caused By Injuries

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A car lying upside down in a ditch. (credit: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

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ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) – According to a new study, almost 80 percent of people under 30 who died in the US were as a result of injuries.

Researchers analyzed data of people between the ages of 1 and 30 who died in the United States in 2010.  They found that 79 percent of deaths in that group were from injuries. They also found that 20 percent were from chronic disease and 1 percent was due to infections.

Researchers also found that of the deaths among young people that were due to injuries, 60 percent were as a result of unintentional injuries, while 20 percent were due to suicide, and 20 percent were due to homicide.

“Millions more people survive injuries, but are left with physical, emotional, and financial problems,” the researchers told LiveScience.

The authors of this study say these injuries can be prevented.

“Injuries and violence are not accidents and are not inevitable,” Tamara Haegerich, of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and a researcher on the study, said in a statement.

The researchers gave an example such as having a child sit in a safety seat while riding can decrease fatal injuries from car crashes by 35 percent. They also suggest strengthening laws against drinking and driving.

The study’s authors know more research is needed on the subject to bring effective injury prevention methods into society and to educate those about injury prevention.

“Clinical medicine and public health partnerships can help to ensure that life is not stopped by a preventable injury and that thousands are spared the debilitating effects of a car crash, non-fatal drowning, severe burn, fall or assault,” the researchers wrote in the report.

The findings were published in the journal The Lancet.

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