DefinitionDeaths among those aged 25 through 44 years
NumeratorNumber of deaths among persons aged 25-44 years
DenominatorNumber of persons aged 25-44 years in the population
Why Is This Important?The deaths of younger adults present a public health concern and an opportunity for prevention. The leading cause of death among persons aged 25-44 years is injury. These deaths are, for the most part, preventable.
How Are We Doing?The death rate among those aged 25-44 years had been slowly declining but the recent increase in unintentional poisoning deaths has resulted in an increase in the death rate among persons of this age group. In 2017, more than 80% of unintentional injury deaths in this age group were due to drug poisoning.
Although the death rate among Blacks aged 25-44 years remains significantly higher than that of other racial/ethnic groups, the gap is narrowing rapidly due in large part to a decrease in deaths due to HIV disease. In 2000, HIV was the third leading cause of death in this age group. By 2016, it had dropped to tenth.
The leading causes of death among adults aged 25-44 years are unintentional injury, heart disease, cancer, suicide, and homicide.
How Do We Compare With the U.S.?The death rate among New Jersey residents aged 25-44 years is significantly lower than the national rate.
Health Program InformationNJDOH Programs:
*[http://www.state.nj.us/health/ems/ Office of Emergency Medical Services]
*[http://nj.gov/health/ces/ Cancer Resources]
*[http://www.nj.gov/health/fhs/chronic/heart-disease-stroke/ Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program]
*[http://www.state.nj.us/health/fhs/maternalchild/suicide.shtml Suicide Prevention]