The state of Minnesota has a death rate that far exceeds the entire nation’s average. Interestingly, the leading cause of injury-related death is non-drug related suicide.
A new study published in the journal of “Injury Prevention” shows that people from Minnesota have a likelihood of more than 1.6 percent to die from a suicide not caused by a drug overdose.
The study conducted by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health reveals similar data for the states of New Hampshire and Colorado.
The entire Midwest region experiences more natural/environmental deaths, machine or motor vehicle-related fatalities than any other region in the US.
Researchers conducted the study based on fatal injuries data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) between the years 2004 and 2013.
According to another CDC study, car crashes, drug poisoning and gun injuries shorten the average life expectancy of American men when compared to the life expectancy of men in other developed high-income countries.
The American Medical Association published the results of this study revealing that the average American man’s life is shorter by almost 14 days due to gun injuries when compared to men in 12 other developed countries.
CDC statistics from 2012 revealed that the life expectancy for both the sexes in the US was 2.2 years less than it is in 12 other developed countries.
The John Hopkins research findings show that accidental firearm fatalities are a leading cause of death in the Appalachia and Southeast region including the states of West Virginia, Arkansas, Alabama, South Carolina, Louisiana and Kentucky.
The study also pinpointed the fact that these states lack laws pertaining to safe storage which are also known as laws for child access prevention. The national statistics show that 25 percent of all accidental deaths in the country involve teenagers and children.
The study’s authors wrote that back in 2005 researchers had discovered that 7 percent of Alabama households had unlocked and loaded firearms in the house. The number is consistent with the study’s recent findings that accidental deaths from gun injuries are almost three times higher than the country’s average.
Also, the study shows that deaths through “legal intervention” are highest in five West Coast states. Namely, it is the states of New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, California and Oregon. The term “legal intervention” implies deaths where a bystander or suspect dies due to police action or a police officer gets killed while on duty. Which is one of the reasons why Ladah Law firm in Las Vegas has so many clients.
The authors of the study are hoping that the findings will help policymakers and practitioners of public health identify how best they can deal with preventable injuries and deaths in their respective states.
They are also hoping that the study’s results will inspire states to implement laws governing safe storage practices when it comes to firearms.
The inspiration for the study came from the viral social media phenomenon of mapping the things that distinguish one state from another. Researchers are hoping that these findings will help the states in becoming more self-analytical enabling them to identify crucial areas for improvement.