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In 2003, CDC instituted a new surveillance system, the National Violent
Death Reporting System (NVDRS); the system collects detailed information regarding
violent deaths from multiple sources. This report describes preliminary 2003
data from the first six states* that participated in NVDRS and compares these
data with 1993-2002 data from the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS).
The findings indicate a substantial increase in homicide rates among young
males from 2002 to 2003 and substantial increases in both homicide and suicide
rates among males from 2000 to 2003. These findings underscore the need for
states to have timely information for effective violence-prevention programs.
Homicide and Suicide Rates—National Violent Death Reporting System, Six States, 2003. JAMA. 2005;293(20):2464–2465. doi:10.1001/jama.293.20.2464
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