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ST. LOUIS (KMOX)- A new study titled, “The Facts Hurt” finds Illinois to have the seventh lowest rating of injury deaths in the United States. Missouri is the sixteenth highest.
KMOX Health Editor, Fred Bodimer reports, in Illinois, 49 out of every 100-thousand residents die each year from preventable injuries such as drunk driving, drug overdoses, falls and domestic violence. In Missouri, the injury death rate is 70 out of 100-thousand.
Rich Hamburg with the Trust for America’s Health says Missouri could do a lot better when it comes to preventing accidental drug overdoses.
“We do support act of prescription drug monitoring program in 48 states,” Hamburg says. “I have that in place. Missouri is not one of them.”
Hamburg says Missouri also needs to do a couple of things better to improve its safety record, like tougher automobile safety laws.
“Mandatory ignition interlocks with convicted drunk drivers, stronger seat belt laws, bicycle helmets are also not mandatory,” Hamburg says.