The Saskatchewan Prevention Institute has released a sobering report revealing there is still much work to do to prevent youth and children from being injured or killed.
The report, Child and Youth Injury in Saskatchewan, covers 2004 to 2013.
It finds 675 children and youth under 20 years old died due to an injury in that timeframe.
The age range with the most deaths was the 15-19 age range, where 458 people lost their lives in the 10 year timeframe.
The most common cause of death was a motor vehicle collision at 45 per cent for those in their mid to late teens, followed by suicide at 32 per cent.
One area that has Executive Director of the Prevention Institute Noreen Agrey concerned is 36 assault-related deaths, the third-highest cause of injury-related deaths. She says “you begin to wonder, what has changed, and we don’t really have the answer for that”, and is a sign that organizations across the province need to work to figure out why these deaths are happening and how they can be prevented.
On the high motor vehicle death rate, Agrey says drivers need to realize they aren’t invincible, and they are responsible for being awake and not driving drunk or distracted. She says “people always think that it’s not going to happen to them, until it does happen to them or someone close to them”.
The study also found for each death, 24 other children were hospitalized with an injury.