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Prescription opioids, alcohol and fatal motor vehicle crashes

Car crash © GummyBone / Getty Images / iStockThe prevalence of prescription opioid use among drivers has increased markedly in the past two decades. This population-based case-control study assesses the associations between prescription opioid use, alcohol use and the risk of fatal crash involvement in US drivers.

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Blog: What does the data tell us about trends in workplace homicides?

Workplace homicides committed by firearmIn the 1990’s and early 2000’s, 65% of workplace homicides occurred during robberies. Now, new research published in Injury Epidemiology, finds that this figure has fallen to 46%, with 54% being attributable to non-robbery events, such as an interpersonal arguments. In this blog Mitchell Doucette, lead author of the study, speculates on the causes of this shift towards non-robbery related crimes and argues that prevention measures must also shift accordingly.

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Aims and scope

Injury Epidemiology is dedicated to advancing the scientific foundation for injury prevention and control through timely publication and dissemination of peer-reviewed research. Injury Epidemiology aims to be the premier venue for communicating epidemiologic studies of unintentional and intentional injuries, including, but not limited to, morbidity and mortality from motor vehicle crashes, drug overdose/poisoning, falls, drowning, fires/burns, iatrogenic injury, suicide, homicide, assaults, and abuse.

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Guohua Li, Columbia University, USA

Managing Editor

Barbara Lang, Columbia University, USA

Editors' profiles

Jess Kraus Award

Dr Jess KrausThe Jess Kraus Award is given each year to the author(s) of the best paper published in Injury Epidemiology, selected by the Editorial Board according to novelty, simplicity, clarity, and potential impact on population health. The winner receives a commemorative plaque and is invited to present a special seminar at Columbia University.

2018 recipient
Interrupted time series design to evaluate the effect of the ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM coding transition on injury hospitalization trends by Slavova et al.

View past award recipients here.

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Institutional affiliation

Columbia University Irving Medical CenterInjury Epidemiology is published through a partnership between Columbia University Irving Medical Center and BMC.

The Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention's mission is to improve population health by reducing the morbidity and mortality from unintentional and intentional injuries through knowledge creation, dissemination and translation of scientific discoveries, development of innovative and multilevel training and education programs, and promotion of best practices and evidence-based interventions.

Editor spotlight: Stephen Strotmeyer, MPH, PhD

Stephen StrotmeyerDr Strotmeyer, is a Research Scientist at the University of Pittsburgh and a Trauma Epidemiologist at the Benedum Pediatric Trauma Program in the Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, the region’s only Level I Regional Resource Pediatric Trauma Center. His current research includes trauma-induced disorders of coagulation and trauma recidivism. Stephen serves on the Pediatric Trauma Society’s Research Committee, the Medical Advisory Board for the United States Muaythai Federation, and has completed fellowship training in traumatic occupational injury at The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. A former professional Muaythai fighter, he continues to develop expertise in the health and safety of combat sports athletes, and the epidemiology of injuries.


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