Friday, November 21, 2014

Adolescent Suicide in Colorado, 2008-2012

The Health Statistics Branch at CDPHE has released the Health Watch - Adolescent Suicide in Colorado, 2008-2012 report on youth suicide data.

This report describes the issue of adolescent suicide in Colorado by using the National Violent Death Reporting System surveillance data. The purpose of this report is to increase suicide awareness, as well as present unique aspects and factors of adolescent suicide. These data can be used at the state and local levels in Colorado to help inform intervention and prevention efforts that will reduce adolescent suicide.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Update to WISQARS Cost of Injury Reports

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is pleased to announce a baseline data update of the WISQARS™ (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System) cost of injury reports. The baseline data used to compute cost of injury estimates have been updated from 2005 to 2010. The module provides cost estimates for injury deaths, hospitalizations, and emergency department visits where the patient was treated and released. Users can create reports of: medical costs (e.g., treatment and rehabilitation), work loss costs (e.g., lost wages, fringe benefits, and self-reported household services), and combined costs (medical plus work loss) based on a number of variables including: intent and mechanism (cause) of injury, body region and diagnosis of injury, geographic location (for deaths only), sex, and age.

Using this module, users are given two options: (1) to generate cost estimates using national fatal and nonfatal data or (2) to generate cost estimates using their own case counts. The second option allows users to obtain total lifetime medical and work loss cost estimate for geographic areas (e.g., counties) or groups of interest (e.g., hospitalized patients with traumatic brain injuries) based on average costs from national data. Using the second option, cost estimates also can be adjusted for inflation and expressed in more current or previous year’s prices.

Researchers, the media, public health professionals, and the public can use the WISQARS™ Cost of Injury Reports to learn more about the economic burden associated with unintentional and violence-related injury in the United States.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Check Out the New VetoViolence Website

CDC invites you to visit the new and improved VetoViolence website.

Check out our new, fresh, bolder design and new features, such as:
The VetoViolence website provides interactive and engaging evidence- and practice-based tools, trainings, and resources to help you stop violence—before it happens in your community.

Visit CDC’s new VetoViolence website today.

Learn More

Friday, November 14, 2014

More Research Needed on Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention: Injury Center News

While important efforts are underway, research on the effects of state policy and systems-level interventions on prescription drug overdose are limited and inconsistent, according to a new CDC article in Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

How to Improve Prescribing and Use While Protecting Patient Health
Over the past several years as the opioid overdose epidemic has received increased attention, states have made astounding gains in using innovative prevention strategies.

Some promising strategies include ones that focus on:

  • Reducing inappropriate prescribing among health care providers, such as prescription drug monitoring programs, guidelines, pain clinic legislation, and insurer strategies; and
  • Overdose response, such as naloxone distribution programs

Monday, November 10, 2014

Webinar: Engaging Men and Boys in Primary Prevention

Don't miss Engaging Men and Boys in Primary Prevention - An interactive webinar to explore strategies for engaging boys and men across the social-ecological model.

Thursday November 20, 2014, 10:00-11:30 am

Watch the previous Violence and Injury Prevention webinar: Confessions of Monsters

Friday, November 7, 2014

A Killer in Indian Country

November is Native American Heritage Month

Native Americans have the highest motor vehicle-related death rates of all racial and ethnic groups.

This month, learn how crash-related injuries and deaths among members of tribal nations can be prevented by visiting CDC's Tribal Road Safety web site. While there, watch our new video, "A Killer in Indian Country - Motor Vehicle Crashes". The video highlights important steps for tribal road safety, including increasing child safety seat use, increasing seat belt use and decreasing alcohol-impaired driving.
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Learn More from the CDC Injury Center

Thursday, November 6, 2014

WHO Report Emphasizes Need to Make Suicide Prevention a Global Priority

From: Psychiatric News

National suicide prevention strategies, better surveillance, and restricting access to lethal means should be at the core of a worldwide approach to preventing suicide, according to a report issued in September by the World Health Organization (WHO).

“The report aims to increase the awareness of the public health significance of suicide and suicide attempts and to make suicide prevention a higher priority on the global public health agenda,” wrote Shekhar Saxena, M.D., director of WHO’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, and Etienne Krug, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability, in the preface to the 92-page report.

“This is a well-timed statement by the WHO regarding its concern about suicide as an important contributor to morbidity and mortality,” said APA Secretary Maria Oquendo, M.D., a professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University, in an interview. “There are a number of initiatives in the United States about suicide, which are long overdue.”

The WHO report suggested that governments create national suicide prevention strategies to reduce the incidence of suicide. The U.S. surgeon general issued such a plan in 2012, in cooperation with the National Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

The report noted that more than 800,000 people around the world die due to suicide each year, of which 75 percent occur in low- or middle-income countries.