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Report Offers #1 Cause of Preventable Deaths in Georgia

How does Georgia rank for preventable deaths?

The National Safety Council, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate preventable deaths, recently released its annual list of states with the lowest and highest rates of unintentional, preventable deaths, which include poisonings – encompassing drug overdoses – car crashes and falls. The information analyzes data from 2017, the most recent year from which information is available, and compiles CDC stats, National Center for Health Statistics, and numbers from state vital statistics programs.

Nationwide, poisoning/drug overdoses were the number one cause of preventable death, followed by motor vehicle crashes, falls, and choking, respectively.

According to the report, California has the lowest rate of preventable death – 35.0 per 100,000 residents – while West Virginia has the highest, at 104.2 deaths per every 100,000 residents. The national average is 52.2 per every 100,000 U.S. residents.

So, what about Georgia?

Georgia is slightly below the national average with 45.2 per 100,000 residents. 4,712 deaths were preventable in 2017, according to the report. The highest cause of preventable deaths in the peach state was motor vehicles.

From the report:

States with the lowest preventable death rates per 100,000 population (leading cause of preventable death):

  1. California – 35.0 (poisoning)
  2. Texas – 38.0 (motor vehicle)
  3. New York – 38.7 (poisoning)
  4. Maryland – 39.8 (falls)
  5. Utah – 39.9 (poisoning)
  6. Hawaii – 41.0 (poisoning)
  7. Nebraska – 42.2 (motor vehicle)
  8. North Dakota – 44.9 (motor vehicle)
  9. Georgia – 45.2 (motor vehicle)
  10. Virginia – 46.3 (poisoning)

States with the highest preventable death rates per 100,000 population (leading cause of preventable death):

  1. West Virginia – 104.2 (poisoning)
  2. Ohio – 76.9 (poisoning)
  3. Pennsylvania – 74.4 (poisoning)
  4. Maine – 74.1 (poisoning)
  5. Kentucky – 73.3 (poisoning)
  6. New Mexico -69.9 (poisoning)
  7. Rhode Island – 67.8 (poisoning)
  8. New Hampshire – 67.5 (poisoning)
  9. Tennessee – 66.0 (poisoning)
  10. Oklahoma – 65.2 (poisoning)

See the interactive map here.

Deaths by State of Occurence Table

Jessica Szilagyi is a former Statewide Contributor for AllOnGeorgia.com.

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    Nelda smith

    July 8, 2019 at 3:25 am

    GEORGIA IS PAYING ONE OF THE HIGHEST AUTO/VEHICLE RATES IN THE NATION. I HAVE SEEN TWO HORRENDOUS ACCIDENTS WHERE CITIZENS WERE SITTING AT RED LIGHTS AND WERE REAR-ENDED BY VEHICLES PACKED FULL OF PEOPLE. AT HWY. 41 & GLENWOOD AVENUE IN DALTON, GA. FOUR YEARS AGO WHILE SITTING AT A RED LIGHT , A MAN ON A MOTORCYCLE WAS IN THE LANE NEXT TO ME. A COMPACT CAR DIDN’T SLOW OR STOP, IT HIT THE MOTORCYCLE THROWING THE MAN THROUGH THE BACK WINDSHIELD OF THE CAR IN FRONT OF HIM. THE COMPACT CAR SQUEEZED THE MOTORCYCLE INTO THE REAR END OF THE CAR THE MOTORCYCLE DRIVER HAD JUST BEEN THROWN THRU. THE COMPACT CAR’S DOORS OPENED AND EIGHT ADULTS POUR OUT AND RAN TO PARTS UNKNOWN LEAVING AN EMPTY COMPACT CAR. I DO NOT BELIEVE THE PERSON ON THE MOTORCYCLE LIVED. I BELIEVE THE OCCUPANTS IN THE COMPACT CAR WERE NOT LICENSED OR INSURED AND WERE IN THIS COUNTRY ILLEGALLY. UNTIL ILLEGAL MIGRANTS ARE DEPORTED AND LEARN TO RESPECT OUR LAWS , THIS WILL CONTINUE TO HAPPEN. UNTIL THEN, GEORGIA CITIZENS WILL CONTINUE TO PAY FOR ILLEGALS THRU LIVES, BLOOD, TEARS AND TAX PAYER’S MONEY.

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    Nelda smith

    July 8, 2019 at 3:52 am

    DUSTIN INMAN , AGE 16, WAS ALSO KILLED BY A INTOXICATED ILLEGAL MIGRANT DRIVER IN DALTON, GA. AND HIS MOM WAS LEFT TO A WHEELCHAIR FOR LIFE …ALL BECAUSE AN UNINSURED, UNLICENSED ILLEGAL – DEPORTED 4X’S PREVIOUSLY – DECIDED TO IGNORE OUR LAWS.

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