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Medical News & Perspectives
March 3, 1999

HELP Network Says Firearms Data Gap Makes Reducing Gun Injuries More Difficult

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JAMA. 1999;281(9):784-785. doi:10.1001/jama.281.9.784-JMN0303-4-1

Two newly released surveys have uncovered gaps in reporting data on firearm-related injuries. The surveys, conducted by the Handgun Epidemic Lowering Plan (HELP) Network, queried state and local health departments on whether they conducted surveillance of mortality, morbidity, and the circumstances in which firearm-related injuries occur.

Firearms are the second leading cause of injury and death in the United States and have killed more than 30,000 people every year since 1972, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.