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Deaths from Youth risk behavior

Youth risk behavior: Deaths

Deaths from types of Youth risk behavior: for details see deaths from types of Youth risk behavior analysis; summary of available deaths by type data:

  • Smoking: 440,000 annual deaths each year are smoking-associated (CDC)
  • Drug abuse: 19,102 persons died of drug-induced causes in 1999 USA (NVSR Sep 2001)
  • Alcohol abuse: 19,171 persons died of alcohol-induced causes in 1999 USA (NVSR Sep 2001)

Deaths from Youth risk behavior discussion

In the U.S., 73% of all deaths among school-age youth and young adults result from four causes: motor vehicle crashes, other unintentional injuries, homicide, and suicide. Results from the YRBSS suggest that many high school students practice behaviors that may increase their likelihood of death from these causes -- such as not wearing seat belts and carrying a weapon. Also, substantial health and social problems among youth result from unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection and AIDS. In addition, since 67% of all deaths among adults result from heart disease, stroke, and cancer, the YRBSS measures risk behaviors such as physical inactivity and poor nutrition, which are often initiated during adolescence. (Source: excerpt from Facts About Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance -- United States 1997: CDC-OC)

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