The impact of injuries
- Injuries account for more years of potential life lost before age 65 than all
causes of cancer and all causes of heart disease combined.
- Every year more than 142,000 Americans die because of injuries, and another
80,000 are permanently disabled.
- Each year, more than 57 million people--one fourth of the nation's
residents--are injured, and 2.3 million people are hospitalized due to
- Injuries in this country account for more than $44 billion in direct
- The total cost of firearm injuries in the United States in 1990 was an
estimated $20.4 billion. This includes $1.4 billion for health care, $1.6
billion due to disability, and $17.4 billion in lost productivity due to
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