Thursday, August 28, 2008

1 in 10 Native American deaths alcohol related - Addictions- msnbc.com

1 in 10 Native American deaths alcohol related - Addictions- msnbc.com:
"WASHINGTON - Almost 12 percent of the deaths among Native Americans and Alaska Natives are alcohol-related — more than three times the percentage in the general population, a new federal report says.
The report released Thursday by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found 11.7 percent of deaths among Native Americans and Alaska Natives between 2001 and 2005 were alcohol-related, compared with 3.3 percent for the U.S. as a whole.
Dwayne Jarman, a CDC epidemiologist who works for the Indian Health Service and is one of the study's authors, said it is the first national survey that measures Native American deaths due to alcohol. It should be a 'call to action' for federal, state, local and tribal governments, he said."
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