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Health Indicator Report of Deaths among Young Adults 15-24 Years Old

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.


Unintentional injuries are commonly referred to as "accidents." **The number of deaths is too small to a calculate reliable rate.

Data Sources

  • Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health
  • Population Estimates, State Data Center, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, []


Deaths among those aged 15 through 24 years


Number of deaths among persons aged 15-24 years


Number of persons aged 15-24 years in the population

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.

Available Services

NJ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services: [] [ Poison Control]: 1-800-222-1222 [ 2NDFLOOR] is a confidential and anonymous helpline for New Jersey's youth and young adults: 1-888-222-2228 [ New Jersey Hopeline] provides confidential telephone counseling: 1-855-NJ-HOPELINE (654-6735) [ National Suicide Prevention Lifeline] connects callers to skilled, trained counselors at local crisis centers: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) All of these helplines are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. [ Safe Kids Worldwide] is a nonprofit organization working to protect kids and teens on the move, at home, and at play.
Page Content Updated On 05/23/2018, Published on 11/15/2018
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