Friday, January 30, 2015

Study: Saving lives and saving money: Hospital-based violence intervention is cost-effective

Victims of violence are at significant risk for injury recidivism, including fatality. In a previous study, it was demonstrated that a hospital-based violence intervention program (VIP) resulted in a fourfold reduction in injury recidivism, avoiding trauma care costs of $41,000 per injury. Given limited trauma center resources, assessing cost-effectiveness of interventions is fundamental to inform use of these programs in other institutions. This study examines the cost-effectiveness of hospital-based VIP.

For more information on this study visit Wolters Kluwer Health.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Open competitive job opportunity at CDPHE

The Prevention Services Division is recruiting for a Sexual Violence Prevention Unit Coordinator - 00479 - GP III.

The announcement is open to all Colorado residents and is posted through February 10, 2015, or once an adequate pool has been identified, whichever comes first. As such, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early.

Please follow the above link for the job announcement and instructions on how to apply. Please forward this email to interested parties. Thank you in advance for your interest in this career opportunity, and have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Trends in Opioid Analgesic Abuse and Mortality in the United States

The use of prescription opioid medications has increased greatly in the United States during the past two decades; in 2010, there were 16,651 opioid-related deaths. In response, hundreds of federal, state, and local interventions have been implemented. We describe trends in the diversion and abuse of prescription opioid analgesics using data through 2013.

See the complete article on Trends in Opioid Analgesic Abuse and Mortality in the United States.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Elevate the Conversation Skills Training

Early bird registration ends January 31st.

8:00am - 5:00pm

"Learning through Lived Experience"

This is the 2nd annual Elevating the Conversation event featuring the most recent research, thought provoking perspectives, and skills-based training on suicide risk assessment, management, and grief support for:
  • Healthcare professionals
  • Behavioral health & mental health providers
  • Peer supporters
  • Bereavement support providers
  • All those interested in learning more!
About this year's theme "Learning through Lived Experience:"

For far too many years suicide prevention has not engaged the perspectives of those who have lived through suicidal experiences. Because of social stigma and fear, as well as personal shame, a culture of silence prevailed. This year's event is an opportunity to benefit from the lived experience of suicide attempt survivors. Elevate the Conversation training will also help serve as a bridge to developing a conversation about suicide prevention between mental health policy makers and consumer advocates.

The workshop is collaboratively supported by the Carson J Spencer Foundation, Colorado Psychological Association, Judi’s House, Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado, and University of Denver’s School of Social Work and Graduate School of Professional Psychology.

For more information contact Sally Spencer-Thomas at

Friday, January 23, 2015

2013 Fatality Data Now Available in WISQARS

The Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) is an interactive, online database that provides fatal and nonfatal injury data from a variety of sources. Researchers, practitioners, the media, and the general public can use WISQARS data to learn more about the public health and economic burden of injury in the United States. Users can search, sort, and view the injury data and create reports, charts, maps, and slides.

CDC recently updated WISQARS to include 2013 data from the National Vital Statistics System. These data are now available in the following WISQARS modules: Fatal Injury Reports, Leading Causes of Death, and Years of Potential Life Lost (YPLL).

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Opioids in Women of Childbearing Age

In today's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, CDC released the paper "Opioid Prescription Claims Among Women of Reproductive Age--United States, 2008-2012," which discusses opioid use in women ages 15-44. The paper noted that in this age group between 2008 and 2012, more than one-third of women on Medicaid and more than one-quarter of privately-insured women filled a prescription for an opioid each year, and that targeted interventions are needed to reduce unnecessary opioid use in women who may become pregnant. For information on what states can do to prevent adverse pregnancy and birth outcomes related to opioid use, such as neonatal abstinence syndrome, please see ASTHO's Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome report.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Gun suicides far more common than homicides

From: Reuters

Fewer Americans are being shot and killed in homicides, but more are using guns to commit suicide, new research shows.

Gunfire continues to kill a widely disproportionate number of young African-American men. The research, published in the Annual Review of Public Health, found that in 2012, 89 of every 100,000 black men ages 20 to 24 died from firearm homicide, compared to 4 of every 100,000 white men of the same age.

That same year - 2012 - 64 percent of firearm deaths were suicides, up from 57 percent in 2006, according to the report.

The author of the paper, Dr. Garen Wintemute, described the rising rate of suicide-by-gun as “primarily an old white guy problem.”

“For firearm violence, the group with the highest rates of death are young black men,” he told Reuters Health. “But the group in which the largest number of deaths occurs is middle-aged to older white men. And in that group, 90 percent of the deaths are suicides.”