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Saving lives and saving money: the real worth of injury and violence prevention

Apr 12, 2013 5:00:00 PM

National Public Health Week – April 1-7, 2013 Every year, 180,000 people die from serious injuries and violence. Not only are these events tragic and primarily preventable, they cost more than $400 billion a year in medical bills, lost productivity and other costs.
“Motor vehicle crashes, falls, homicides, and other types of injury events kill more people in the first half of life than any other cause — including cancer, HIV, or the flu … The ROI in investment in public health is enormous.” – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
D’Amore Law Group is proud to invest in health and safety resources dedicated to actively preventing senseless tragedy. Kids health and safety:  Safe Kids and its regional coalitions keep track of safety resources for kids in Oregon, Washington and all over the country. Learn baby safety basics, take your car in for a free child safety seat check, or read about the most common injury risks for children at safekids.org. Driving and road safety:  Traffic fatalities are on the rise, and every day, more than 1000 people are seriously injured in a car crash caused by a distracted driver. The mission of EndDD.org is to educate students and the public on the real dangers and costs of distracted driving – and start a national conversation on how to prevent it. Public health:  Food safety, health and nutrition are a big part of national health and safety. See what the Oregon Food Bank is doing to fill the food gap for families in the Pacific Northwest. U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin talks about the goals of National Public Health Week in this short video.

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