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DEATH RATE* AMONG TEENS AGED 15-19 YEARS, BY SEX — NATIONAL VITAL STATISTICS SYSTEM, UNITED STATES, 1985-2005
During 1985-2005, death rates among all teens aged 15-19 years declined substantially, from a high of 88.7 deaths per 100,000 population in 1991 to 65.0 in 2005.
This decline resulted primarily from a 28% decrease in the death rate for males aged 15-19 years during that period.
In 2005, a total of 13,703 deaths occurred among all teens aged 15-19 years.
Ed. NOTE: According to this chart, the death rates noticeably began to drop about 1994, as Abstinence Education programs began to reach substantial numbers of teenagers around the nation.
[National Vital Statistics System data, available at http://wonder.cdc.gov/mortsql.html