March features National Poison Prevention Week and Brain Injury Awareness Month. Ahead of National Poison Prevention Week, March 19-25, CSN released a new poisoning prevention fact sheet. Children and adolescents ages 10-19, male children, and Hispanic children had the highest rates of unintentional poisoning deaths in 2020 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2019-2020). This fact sheet features the most recent data regarding unintentional poisoning deaths in infants, children, and adolescents, and provides both individual-level and system-level prevention recommendations to guide states and jurisdictions in their poisoning prevention efforts.
Last month, CSN released a new fact sheet focusing on traumatic brain injury (TBI), a form of injury that plays a role in nearly 33% of infant, children, and adolescent injury-related deaths (Cheng, Li, Schwebel, Zhu, & Hu, 2020). In this resource, CSN explored emergency department visits related to TBI among 0 through 19-year-olds by demographics, activity and object involved, and intent. Facts, statistics, disparity data by sex and race-ethnicity, and prevention practices related to TBI can be referenced in this fact sheet.
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Jennifer Leonardo, PhD
New CSN Resource: Poisoning Prevention Fact Sheet
In 2020, unintentional poisoning was the second leading cause of unintentional injury deaths for children and adolescents ages 1-19. Drug poisoning was related to 73% of the unintentional poisoning deaths in children ages 0-9, and 96% of the unintentional poisoning deaths in adolescents ages 10-19. This fact sheet was developed by the Children’s Safety Network to show unintentional poisoning deaths in U.S. children and adolescents between 2016 and 2020 and identify disparities across age group, sex, urbanicity, and race/ethnicity. We also provide individual-level and system-level poisoning prevention recommendations that can help states and jurisdictions prevent and reduce poisoning deaths.
This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services(HHS) under the Child and Adolescent Injury and Violence Prevention Resource Centers Cooperative Agreement (U49MC28422) for $5,000,000 with 0 perfect financed with non-governmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.