Big Rise Seen in Gun Deaths, Overdoses Among U.S. Kids
[Source: Medical X-Press]
America’s kids are safer now than a decade ago when it comes to many types of injury, with two glaring exceptions: drugs and guns.
That’s the crux of a new study that looked at injury trends among U.S. children and teenagers between 2011 and 2021.
It found that nonfatal injuries from accidents and assaults fell by 55% and 60%, respectively, during that time period. That included substantial drops in injury due to car crashes, falls and other accidents that have long been leading causes of injury among kids.
Countering those gains, though, was the harsh reality of guns and drugs.
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