On Wednesday, October 4th we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of Safe Communities America! Join us on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, for Safe Communities America Day, when we will recognize the work of all accredited U.S. Safe Communities in eliminating preventable deaths in our lifetime. Since 2007, 30 U.S. communities have been accredited as Safe Communities.
The Safe Communities program was championed by the World Health Organization in Europe during the early 80’s. The Safe Communities America program began in 2007 and communities dedicated to this model of safely living have reaped the benefits of reduced deaths, injuries and costs associated with intentional and unintentional accidents..MOST ARE PREVENTABLE!
Success in Local Safe Communities
- In a recent NSC study, after 10 years of rising injury rates in one community, the decision to seek Safe Community accreditation was followed by a two-year decline in injury hospitalizations; nearly 300 hospitalizations may have been prevented, saving the community more than $14 million in healthcare costs
- A long-standing smoke alarm installation program in one Safe Community has shown that fire deaths have been reduced by 74%
- A comprehensive approach to reducing prescription drug overdoses in a Midwestern Safe Community has resulted in 4.5 tons of medications collected in drop boxes, hundreds of clinicians trained in effective pain management without opioids, a communitywide campaign on addiction and treatment, and training for first responders on naloxone use