Living Dangerously

A forthcoming study of injuries and deaths in the United States from 1979 to 1987 by the Centers for Disease Control shows some startling trends:

Ninety-three percent of firearm-related deaths involve the intentional use of guns. Shooting deaths are concentrated in the West and Southeast.

Suicide rates are highest in the West. Nevada tops the nation with 23.2 per 100,000 people. Rates are highest among white males, lowest among black females.

Most homicides are committed in the southern land belt stretching west from Virginia through Mississippi, Texas, New Mexico and California.

New Mexicans are the most dangerous drivers, with 36.7 motor-vehicle-related deaths per 100,000 population.

The total estimated cost of injuries in the United States for 1988 was $180 billion.