A new government report showed that there are fewer children and teens dying from accidents, yet more of them fatally succumb to prescription drug abuse.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) looked into the death certificates of children and teens aged 19 years old or younger from the year 2000 to 2009. This is how they were able to collect data and came out with their report.
According to the CDC, the death rates of kids 19 and below dropped by about 30% from 2000 to 2009. From 12,400 deaths in 2000, numbers went down to 9,100 in 2009.
Accidental death remained the most dominant factor for the untimely demise of most children and teens. CDC deputy director Ileana Arias added that on the average, fires, falls, and other accidents claim a child’s life every hour.
Development and initiatives made on traffic control was a key to the decline of children’s deaths due to crashes. Almost 50% of fatal accidents are attributed to vehicular collisions, yet today this rate was pulled down by 9 points at 41%; more than enough to dramatically make an impact on the decrease of youth dying.
Unfortunately, the CDC confirmed that more and more families are losing kids due to prescription drug overdoses. Data gathered showed that accidental poisoning as a cause of death among kids rose from 80% to 82.4% in 2009. The most affected group of teens by prescription drug overdoses are those within the 15 to 19 years old age bracket.
Kids nowadays have easy access to prescribed medications by just looking into their medicine cabinets at home. These substances are fast replacing marijuana as the top drug choice among kids.