About CDC's Injury Center

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In the United States, injury is the leading cause of death for children and adults between the ages of 1 and 45. Injuries and violence affect everyone—regardless of age, race, or economic status. We work to understand exactly how injury and violence impact all of us and what we can do to prevent it.

Center Focus Areas

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ACEs Prevention

Childhood experiences have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity.


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Overdose Prevention

Coordinated action between EDs, health departments, mental health and treatment providers, community-based organizations, and law enforcement can prevent opioid overdose and death.


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Suicide Prevention

A range of factors contribute to suicide among those with and without known mental health conditions. Everyone can help prevent suicide by knowing the warning signs and where to get help.


Cost of Injury and Violence
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The total estimated lifetime medical and work loss costs associated with fatal and non-fatal injuries in the United States was $671 billion in 2013, according to two Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports (MMWR). The costs associated with fatal injuries was $214 billion while nonfatal injuries accounted for over $456 billion, more than twice as much as the costs associated with fatal injuries. More than 3 million people are hospitalized, 27 million people are treated in emergency departments and released, and over 192,000 die as a result of violence and unintentional injuries each year.