|CDC Finds Youth Homicide Reached 30-Year Low in 2010|
The homicide rate for youth, ages 10 to 24, in the U.S. reached a 30-year low in 2010, according to a new CDC report released today. The report also shows that the promising decline in youth homicide rates has slowed in recent years, particularly for groups at high-risk for violence.
Youth violence takes a tremendous toll on young people. Even with the progress that has been made, homicide ranks in the top three leading causes of death for young Americans in this age group. It also results in an estimated $9 billion in lost productivity and medical costs each year.
These findings highlight the need for increased use of youth violence prevention strategies and continued work to stop youth violence before it first occurs. Primary prevention strategies for schools, families, and neighborhoods remain critical, particularly approaches that engage high-risk youth.
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