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Injury related deaths increasingly a problem in Michigan

Jun 17, 2015

Michigan has a growing problem with accidental deaths, according to a new report.

“Injuries are not just acts of fate. Research shows they are pretty predictable and preventable,” said Jeffrey Levi, executive director of TFAH
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

The Trust for America’s Health released its new report “The Facts Hurt” today.    

The report looks at drug overdoses, motor vehicle crashes, head injuries, sexual violence, homicides, child abuse and other causes of fatal injuries.

The report ranks Michigan 30th.  The state’s injury-related death rate (60.6 per 100,000 people) is slightly higher than the national average (58.4).

The report found Michigan’s rate has increased over the past four years.  Michigan is among 17 states with increasing accidental death rates.

“Injuries are not just acts of fate.  Research shows they are pretty predictable and preventable,” said Jeffrey Levi, executive director of TFAH, “It’s not rocket science, but it does require common sense and investment in good public health practice.”