CDC cites epidemic of accidents, violence in U.S.

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Deaths and injuries due to accidents and violent crime have reached epidemic levels in the United States and pose a threat to the nation’s economic and social well-being, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Injuries cost the nation at least $260 billion in health care, lost productivity and other expenses each year, CDC says. One in 10 people ends up in an emergency room each year as a result of car crashes, falls or violent acts.

The health-related costs of rape, physical assault, stalking and other violence directed at women by their husbands or partners is more than $5.8 billion per year, the CDC said.


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