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Injury and Violence Prevention

According to the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, nearly 30 million emergency room visits and more than 180,000 deaths are attributable to injury and violence each year. In fact, injury is the leading cause of death for people ages 1 to 44 in the United States.  Millions more Americans are injured and survive, only to cope with lifelong disabilities. In a single year, injury and violence ultimately cost the United States $406 billion, including over $80 billion in medical costs and $326 billion in lost productivity. Preventing injuries is extremely cost effective, and it is imperative that innovative and effective injury and violence prevention programs work to prevent premature deaths, particularly among vulnerable populations of children, young families, and older adults.

Local health departments (LHDs) play an important role in coordinating the broader public health system’s efforts to address the causes of injury and violence. LHDs are well suited to unite community partners to address the causes of injury- and violence-related inequities through policy, environment, and system change.

NACCHO’s Injury and Violence Prevention (IVP) Program strengthens the capacity of LHDs to effectively address the causes of injury and violence in their communities by creating learning opportunities, developing tools and resources, providing technical support, and facilitating peer exchange.

In the Spotlight

On January 29, 2015, 4:00pm - 5:00 PM ET, NACCHO, in partnership with SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), will host a Twitter Chat for National Drug Facts Week. National Drug Facts Week is a health observance created by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to deliver the scientific facts to youth about the effects and consequences of drug abuse on the brain, body and behavior. Teens from SADD's Student Leadership Council (SLC) will be participating in the chat, along with partner organizations ASTHO, Safe States Alliance, and Children's Safety Network.

Follow the chat on NACCHO's Twitter account, @NACCHOalerts, using the hashtag #NDFW and students should also include the #SADDSLC hashtag.

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National Drug Facts Week: A Local Example

On January 8, 2015, NACCHO hosted a webinar on National Drug Facts Week (NDFW), a health observance created by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to deliver the scientific facts to youth about the effects and consequences of drug abuse on the brain, body and behavior. More than 500 educational events and activities will be held by high schools, community centers, prevention programs, juvenile justice and teen court services and other organizations across the country to shatter the myths about drugs and addiction. NACCHO members are encouraged to get involved and plan events during NDFW.

On this webinar, Brian Marquis, NIDA's Public Liaison Officer, discussed how easy it is to participate in NDFW and utilize NIDA's free materials, such as the Shatter the Myths booklet and the National Drug IQ Challenge. Adria Masoner, Health Education Specialist at South Central Public Health Department in Idaho, discusses how her local health department collaborated with community partners to educate teens about the harms of drug abuse. Click here to view the recorded webinar.


Results from the 2014 Monitoring the Future Survey
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The annual Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey was conducted by the University of Michigan. It tracks annual drug use and attitudes among 8th-, 10th-, and 12th-grade students. For the first time, this year's MTF survey includes data on the teen use of e-cigarettes, in addition to the attitudes about and prevalence of marijuana use, prescription medications, alcohol, and tobacco. More »