May 23, 2012 11:23 AM, By Laura Walter
According to a new report that rated each U.S. state based on its potential to prevent injuries, Montana and Ohio rank the lowest in the nation; California and New York rank the highest; and New Mexico has the highest rate of injury-related deaths in the country. The report claims that millions of injuries could be prevented annually if more states adopted additional research-based injury prevention policies.
“The Facts Hurt: A State-By-State Injury Prevention Policy Report,” released May 22 by the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), points out that injuries are the third leading cause of death nationally and are the leading cause of death for Americans between the ages of 1 and 44. Approximately 50 million Americans are medically treated for injuries annually, and more than 2.8 million are hospitalized. Every year, injuries generate $406 billion in lifetime costs for medical care and lost productivity.