Did You Know? is a weekly feature from the Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support to inform your prevention activities. We invite you to read, share, and take action!
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- Excessive alcohol use is a leading preventable cause of death and cost states a median of $2.9 billion in 2006, or about $1.91 per drink.
- Increasing alcohol taxesExternal is an effective strategy for reducing excessive drinking; a 10% increase in the price of alcohol could reduce alcohol consumption by 7%.
- You can find your state’s rating for excise taxes on beer, distilled spirits, and wine in CDC’s Prevention Status Reports.
- Worldwide, 780 million people live without safe drinking water and 2.5 billion live without basic sanitation, which are leading causes of diarrheal diseases. Diarrheal diseases account for 1 in 9 child deaths worldwide.
- Diarrhea prevention focused on safe water and improved hygiene and sanitation is cost effective: every $1 invested yields an average return of $25.50.
- You can learn more about global safe water efforts from CDC’s fact sheets, podcasts, and videos.
- Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism—together known as venous thromboembolism Cdc-pdf[PDF–357KB]External—affect 300,000–600,000 individuals in the US each year, and at least 1 in 10 die.
- Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism are often underdiagnosed and are serious but preventable medical conditions. Help others learn about the risk factors, signs, and symptoms.
- Learn what CDC is doing Cdc-pdf[PDF–1.2MB] about venous thromboembolism.
- Doctors in some hospitals prescribed up to 3 times as many antibiotics as doctors in similar areas of other hospitals, according to a newly released study of antibiotic prescribing practices in a sample of US hospitals, based on 2010 data.
- Reducing the use of high-risk antibiotics by 30% can lower C. difficile infections by 26%.
- State health departments can help hospitals develop antibiotic stewardship programs by facilitating the use of the CDC self-assessment checklist and an in-depth implementation tool.
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