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.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Compressed Mortality File. CDC WONDER On-line Database accessed at [http://wonder.cdc.gov/cmf-icd10.html]
- 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, [http://lwd.state.nj.us/labor/lpa/dmograph/est/est_index.html]
DefinitionDeaths among those aged 15 through 24 years
NumeratorNumber of deaths among persons aged 15-24 years
DenominatorNumber 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 ServicesNJ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services: [https://nj.gov/humanservices/dmhas/home/] [http://www.njpies.org/ Poison Control]: 1-800-222-1222 [http://www.2ndfloor.org/ 2NDFLOOR] is a confidential and anonymous helpline for New Jersey's youth and young adults: 1-888-222-2228 [http://www.njhopeline.com/ New Jersey Hopeline] provides confidential telephone counseling: 1-855-NJ-HOPELINE (654-6735) [http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ 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. [https://www.safekids.org/safetytips/field_age/teens-15-19-years 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