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INJURY PREVENTION

Traffic Safety

The risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among those ages 16 to 19 than other age groups. Per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are four times more likely than older drivers to crash (National Conference of State Legislatures).

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics:

• In 2011, over half of the teen occupants of passenger vehicles who died in crashes were unrestrained;
• Speeding was a factor in 35 percent of fatal crashes involving a teen driver;
• Twelve percent of teen drivers involved in fatal crashes were distracted at the time; and
• In 2011, 505 people nationwide died in crashes in which drivers between 14 and 18 years old had alcohol in their systems, despite the fact that all states have Zero Tolerance Laws for drinking and driving under age 21.

SUBSTANCE USE PREVENTION

Illicit drug use among teenagers remains high, largely due to increasing popularity of marijuana. Marijuana use by adolescents declined from the late 1990s until the mid-to-late 2000s, but has been on the increase since then. In 2013, seven percent of 8th graders, 18 percent of 10th graders, and nearly 23 percent of 12th graders used marijuana in the past month, up from 5.8 percent, 13.8 percent, and 19.4 percent in 2008. Daily use has also increased; 6.5 percent of 12th graders now use marijuana every day, compared to five percent in the mid-2000s (NIH. Drug Facts, High School and Youth Trends).

VIOLENCE PREVENTION

The proportion of high school students who report they have thought seriously about attempting suicide ticked upward in 2011 and 2013 (to 17 percent), after having fallen substantially since the early 1990s (from 29 percent in 1991 to 14 percent in 2009).

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Mood disorders, such as depression, dysthymia, and bipolar disease, are major risk factors for suicide among children and adolescents. One study found that more than 90 percent of children and adolescents who committed suicide had some type of mental disorder. Stressful life events and low levels of communication with parents may also be significant risk factors. Female teens are about twice as likely to attempt suicide; however, males are much more likely to actually commit suicide.

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