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The U.S. Youths Are More Likely To Die Than Any Other Developed Countries

The US youths are suffering high mortality rate than any other developed country in the world due to use of drug, according to a new report by the Population Reference Bureau (PRB), a Washington-based nonprofit.

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A baby born in the US in 2019 was nearly three times as likely to die as a baby born in Japan, Finland, or Slovenia, the report states.

Growing up, hazards are always around children. Unintentional injuries (a category that includes drug overdoses), suicides, and homicides account for about half of all deaths among people aged 10 to 14, and about three quarters of all deaths among those aged 15 to 24. 

Imagine a shotgun in the same house, where children live. Some parents even brandish their guns in front of their kids. Males were 134% more likely to die young than females and more than twice as likely to die from homicide or suicide than females, with researchers blaming their tendency toward risk-taking behaviors.

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among 10- to 24-year-olds, and while the PRB’s report used data collected before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, suicide figures likely increased during the last two years of lockdowns and school closures.

Of the nearly 60,000 young people who died in the US in 2019, 7,580 were killed with firearms, with 39% of these deaths suicides and 61% homicides. Almost a third of Americans who died from homicide by firearm in 2019 were under the age of 25. 

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