After years of medical progress, American children are now less likely to reach adulthood
Pediatric mortality increased by 20% between 2019 and 2021, the largest increase in 50 years. What can be done to protect children?
Read in USA TODAY: https://apple.news/ASq3n7HkZQyubQSpVZwxN2A
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Why am I not surprised? From the report the article links to:
The increase in pediatric injury deaths predates the COVID-19 pandemic (Figure, B). Suicides among individuals aged 10 to 19 years began to increase in 2007, and homicide rates in this age group began increasing in 2013. Between these nadirs and 2019, the eve of the COVID-19 pandemic, mortality rates for suicide increased by 69.5% and homicide rates increased by 32.7%.2 Likely contributors to both trends include increased access to firearms and a deepening mental health crisis among children and adolescents.4 Access to opioids (eg, fentanyl) also increased, and overdose death rates for individuals aged 10 to 19 years began increasing shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic.
Perhaps it’s an accurate reflection on the declining health of American society?