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NCJ Number: 159318 Find in a Library
Title: Children and Firearms: A Gunshot Injury Prevention Program in New Mexico
Journal: American Journal of Public Health  Volume:83  Issue:2  Dated:(February 1993)  Pages:282-283
Author(s): T M Becker; L Olson; J Vick
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 2
Document: HTML|PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Because New Mexico suffers from the Nation's worst injury mortality rates for many specific causes and it is second only to Alaska in overall injury mortality rates, a statewide childhood gunshot injury prevention program was designed and implemented in 1990.
Abstract: The program has several components: increasing gun safety awareness in local communities; increasing awareness of health care professionals and patients; reaching gun owners; monitoring program progress; and continuing the program. Televised public service announcements have been produced to increase awareness of gun safety in homes. Letters have been sent to health care professionals to promote their role in gun safety counseling. Gun safety posters have also been created to further educate health care professionals. Gun associations are encouraged to participate in the gun safety campaign. All unexplained or unattended deaths in New Mexico are investigated, including unintentional deaths related to firearms. Plans call for continuing the gunshot injury prevention program because firearm safety issues are traditionally neglected in childhood injury prevention programs.
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Child fatalities; Child victims; Death investigations; Firearm-crime relationships; Injury investigations; New Mexico; Victims of violent crime; Violence prevention; Weapons violations
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