Injury Prevention

Goal: Prevent injuries.

In the United States, unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death in children, adolescents, and adults younger than 45 years.1 Healthy People 2030 focuses on preventing intentional and unintentional injuries, including injuries that cause death.

Many unintentional injuries are caused by motor vehicle crashes and falls, and many intentional injuries involve gun violence and physical assaults. Interventions to prevent different types of injuries are key to keeping people safe in their homes, workplaces, and communities.

Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of injury deaths in the United States, and most overdoses involve opioids.2 Interventions to change health care providers’ prescribing behaviors, distribute naloxone to reverse overdoses, and provide medications for addiction treatment for people with opioid use disorder can help reduce overdose deaths involving opioids.

Objective Status

  • 4 Target met or exceeded
  • 2 Improving
  • 7 Little or no detectable change
  • 11 Getting worse
  • 3 Baseline only
  • 3 Developmental
  • 0 Research

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Herron, M. (2019). Deaths: Leading Causes for 2017. Retrieved from [PDF - 2.4 MB]


Scholl, L., Seth, P., Kariisa, M., Wilson, N., & Baldwin, G. Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths — United States, 2013–2017. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 67(5152), 1419-1427.