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Health Indicator Report of Deaths among Persons 25-44 Years Old

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.

Notes

Data for White, Black, and Asian do not include Hispanics. Hispanic ethnicity includes persons of any race. The peaks in 2001 are due to deaths related to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Among NJ residents aged 25-44 years, 9/11-related injuries were the cause of 36% of deaths among Asians, 16% among Whites, 5% among Hispanics, and 2% among Blacks.

Data Sources

  • Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health
  • Population Estimates, [http://lwd.state.nj.us/labor/lpa/dmograph/est/est_index.html State Data Center], New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Definition

Deaths among those aged 25 through 44 years

Numerator

Number of deaths among persons aged 25-44 years

Denominator

Number of persons aged 25-44 years in the population

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.

Available Services

NJ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services: [https://nj.gov/humanservices/dmhas/home/] The [http://nj.gov/health/ces/public/resources/njceed.shtml New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection Program] provides breast, cervical, colorectal and prostate cancer education, outreach, screenings, case management, and follow-up services to low-income, uninsured and underinsured residents of the state. [http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ National Suicide Prevention Lifeline] connects callers to skilled, trained counselors at local crisis centers, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 1-800-273-TALK (8255) NJ Department of Children and Families Hotlines and Helplines: [http://nj.gov/dcf/families/hotlines/ http://nj.gov/dcf/families/hotlines/]

Health Program Information

NJDOH 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]
Page Content Updated On 09/06/2019, Published on 09/06/2019
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