June is National Safety Month

nsm-what-i-live-forAs a child welfare organization, Adoption STAR is happy to promote National Safety Month and the work of the National Safety Council.

The National Safety Council indicates that injuries are a leading cause of disability for people of all ages – and they are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 44. National Safety Month represents an ideal time to get involved so you can help prevent injuries.

This June, we encourage you to learn more about important safety issues like prescription painkiller abuse, transportation safety, and slips, trips and falls.
For example:

  • Prescription painkiller abuse – Prescription painkiller overdoses are a growing problem in the United States, especially among women. About 18 women die every day from prescription painkiller overdose – more than 4 times as many as back in 1999.
  • Transportation safety – Doing other activities while driving – like texting or eating – distracts you and increases your chance of crashing. Almost 1 in 5 crashes (17%) that injured someone involved distracted driving.
  • Slips, trips and falls: 1 in 3 older adults fall each year. Many falls lead to broken bones and other health problems.

For more information, check out the National Safety Council’s website.