Population Health

October 9, 2018

IHME study finds 250,000-plus died from firearm-related injuries in 2016

Image of a firearm in an evidence bagThe University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation recently completed the most extensive study ever conducted on global firearm-related deaths, discovering that more than 250,000 people died from firearm-related injuries in 2016.

The study, which is a part of the Global Burden of Disease, found that half of those deaths occurred in only six countries in the Americas: Brazil, the United States, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela and Guatemala.

The study also revealed that 87% of global firearm-related deaths were of males in 2016, with more than 34,700 male deaths occurring in the 20 to 24 year age group alone.

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