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Important Facts for Deaths among Young Adults 15-24 Years Old

Definition

Deaths among those aged 15 through 24 years

Numerator

Number of deaths among persons aged 15-24 years

Denominator

Number of persons aged 15-24 years in the population

Why Is This Important?

The deaths of teens and young adults present a public health concern and an opportunity for prevention. The leading cause of death among persons 15-24 years old is injury. These deaths are, for the most part, preventable.

How Are We Doing?

About 700 residents aged 15-24 years die in New Jersey each year. The death rate among Blacks aged 15-24 years is nearly double that of Whites and Hispanics. The leading causes of death among teens and young adults aged 15-24 years are unintentional injury, homicide, suicide, heart disease, and cancer. In 2016, nearly two-thirds of unintentional injury deaths in this age group were due to drug poisoning.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

The death rate among New Jersey residents aged 15-24 years is significantly lower than the national rate.
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