Injury and violence prevention : a pressing public health concern
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Injury and violence prevention : a pressing public health concern

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      Motor vehicle crashes, falls, homicides, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, and drug overdoses are just some of the tragedies we hear about every day in communities and on the news. Injuries and violence are widespread in society. Many accept them as fate or as “part of life,” but the fact is that most events resulting in injury, death or other health consequences are predictable and therefore preventable.

      The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (Injury Center) was established in 1992 to lead injury and violence prevention efforts. The field of injury and violence prevention is relatively young when compared to other areas of public health, but the burden of injury and violence coupled with the enormous cost of these problems to society make them a pressing public health concern.


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