Center for Injury Research and Prevention

ICYMI February 2019: Self-Harm and Violence, Marijuana Impaired Driving, Gun Violence Prevention and More

March 1, 2019

Here is our monthly roundup of newsworthy articles about child injury prevention:

Risk Factors for "Dual Harmers"

A new study of adolescents finds that individuals who had a history of self-harm and also committed violence towards others had higher rates of multiple adverse childhood experiences and were more likely to have been diagnosed with a mental health condition, when compared to those who only self-harmed or did not have a history of any harm.

Alert for Kratom Exposure

A new study found a significant increase in calls to US poison control centers for kratom exposure. Kratom is a natural but very potent plant that may help to treat pain, depression, and anxiety. Risks of kratom include seizures and withdrawal symptoms in newborns when used by mothers during pregnancy.

Curbing Marijuana Impaired Driving

In a recent study of local enforcement agencies in CO and WA states, all agencies reported that underage use of marijuana, and marijuana impaired driving, is somewhat or very common. However, only less than a third of the agencies reported enforcement targeting underage use and conducting compliance checks at stores.

What Teens Report as Major Community Problems

A new Pew Research Center study reports that a greater proportion of teens named anxiety and depression as a major problem for peers in their community, compared to the percentage of teens who reported bullying or drug addition as a major problem. 

Funding Gun Violence Research

This Trace article documents how folks in different states, tired of waiting for federal funding, are finding creative ways to fund research and efforts for gun violence prevention.

Social Media and Suicide Prevention

Instagram is taking the step to use image recognition technology to ban graphic images and non-graphic self-harm related content that may promote self-harm. 

Improving Road Safety Laws, State by State

Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety released its 16th edition of the annual Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws, with ratings of all 50 states in five categories (occupant protection, child passenger safety, teen driving, impaired driving and distracted driving), as well as an overall grade. The organization also suggest laws to be adopted by states to improve their existing safety laws.

Pedestrian and Bicyclist Fatalities Continue to Rise

The League of American Bicyclists has released its 2018 Benchmarking Report, which finds that pedestrian and bicyclist death rates continue to surpass all other traffic fatalities. In 2018, pedestrians accounted for 16 percent of all traffic deaths (compared to 11.2 percent in 2007).

Injuries from Electric Scooter Use

A new JAMA study explored the injuries associated with electric scooter use. In this study, approximately 10% of the users were under age 18 years of age. Most of the injuries (which were generally caused from falls) included head injuries, fractures, and contusions/lacerations.