Oklahoma Ranked 6th For Highest Rate Of Injury Deaths

Wednesday, May 23rd 2012, 10:59 am
By: News On 6

A new report says Oklahoma had the sixth highest rate of injury-related deaths for Americans with 83 per 100,000 people suffering injury fatalities.

Overall, the national rate is 57.9 per 100,000.

The total lifetime medical costs due to fatal injury in Oklahoma were $25.1 million.

The Facts Hurt: A State-By-State Injury Prevention Policy Report released this week by the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), concludes that millions of injuries could be prevented each year if more states adopted additional research-based injury prevention policies, and if programs were fully implemented and enforced.

Oklahoma scored five out of 10 on key indicators of steps states can take to prevent injuries

The report found that many injury prevention activities have been scientifically shown to reduce harm and deaths.

For instance, seat belts, motorcycle helmets and child safety seats save lives.

The highest rate of injury-related deaths was in New Mexico with the lowest in New Jersey.