Public Health Week 2018: Injury and Violence Prevention
Unintentional injuries are the 3rd leading cause of death in NH, behind cancer (as the #1) and heart disease (as the #2). As a nation, there were 161,000 people who died from preventable unintentional injuries, according to the American Public Health Association. Most leading causes of death have been on a steady decline, aside from unintentional injuries which has been on a rapid increase in the last few years.
These increases in unintentional injuries are most likely due to increasing opioid usage (killing approximately 115 people each day), motor vehicle accidents (increasingly common due to texting and driving), and falls (most commonly among the elderly population).
Some ways to avoid unintentional injuries include:
- Insist that all passengers wear seatbelts
- Always were safety equipment when appropriate
- Keep a first aid kit
- Keep a list of emergency numbers
- Read and understand all medicine and food labels
- Don’t drive when distracted (texting, calling, eating, drinking)
- Always consult a doctor before beginning an exercise regimen
- Always wear a helmet
- Stay hydrated