Fewer Vermont children are dying in accidents, but health officials say we could do even better to keep kids safe.
The CDC released a report showing accidental deaths among kids nationwide fell nearly 30 percent in the last decade. Vermont mirrors that trend. Each year, 15-20 young Vermonters die in what experts call a preventable death.
"We've actually made some progress with motor vehicle crashes, but we have some disturbing trends we need to pay attention to, and that is increasing rates of suffocation of the very young children and poisonings in older children. Poisonings, as you might expect, given the news of late-- prescription drugs," Vt. Health Commissioner Harry Chen said.
Dr. Chen says the report demonstrates how prevention can save lives and money.