Injury Prevention

Injury Prevention

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Drug overdose deaths in the United States have tripled since 1990, primarily due to increasing rates of prescription opioid painkiller abuse and misuse. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 113 people die every day as a result of a drug overdose. State legislatures have played an active role in helping to curb this epidemic. This video explores policy options to prevent drug overdose.





States have enacted different types of legislation to reduce prescription drug abuse, overdose and misuse, an increasingly important public health issue. This webpage tracks recent legislation that aims to prevent deaths and injuries from prescription drug abuse, overdose and misuse.





Injuries, such as falls, motor vehicle crashes, intimate partner violence and child maltreatment, are a major public health issue. Injuries cause almost 170,000 U.S. deaths each year, and are the leading cause of death for people age 1 to 44. Fifty million injuries per year take a physical and an economic toll, with each year's injuries leading to estimated lifetime costs of $406 billion in medical expenses and lost productivity. The World Health Organization estimates that by 2020, traffic-related injuries alone will be the third leading contributor to the global burden of disease and injury. Recognizing the social and economic burden of injury is critical to determine the appropriate level of intervention and investment into specific injury prevention activities.

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