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Am J Public Health. 2003 Feb;93(2):256-61.

Violence and health: the United States in a global perspective.

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  • 1National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC, Division of Violence Prevention, Atlanta, Ga 30341, USA.


Violence is a public health problem that can be understood and changed. Research over the past 2 decades has demonstrated that violence can be prevented and that, in some cases, prevention programs are more cost-effective than other policy options such as incarceration. The United States has much to contribute to-and stands to gain much from-global efforts to prevent violence. A new World Health Organization initiative presents an opportunity for the United States to work with other nations to find cost-effective ways of preventing violence and reducing its enormous costs.

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