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Violence-related injury takes heavy U.S. toll.

About 50,000 people die in the United States each year from violence-related injuries, according to data from the National Violent Death Reporting System, which showed suicides were the most common violent deaths followed by homicides, capital punishment and unintentional firearm deaths.

Published in the April 11 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the data was collected from 16 states in 2005, when 15,495 fatal incidents involving 15,962 violent deaths were recorded. The majority--56.1 percent--of violent deaths were suicides, followed by 29.6 percent for homicides and capital punishment, 13.3 percent for violent deaths of undetermined intent and 0.7 percent for unintentional firearm deaths. Rates were substantially higher for males than females and for American Indians, Alaska Natives and blacks than for whites and Hispanics.

Overall, males ages 15 and older had rates thatwere two to seven times higher than violent death rates for females. Among women, American Indians and Alaska Natives had the highest death rates, at 15.2 per 100,000 population, compared to 9.4 per 100,000 for all females.

The study's authors called for continued support of the National Violent Death Reporting System, with a goal of including the entire nation in the reporting system.
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Title Annotation:NATION IN BRIEF
Author:Currie, Donya
Publication:The Nation's Health
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jun 1, 2008
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