A 'wake-up call' about what's killing America's young people

Story highlights

  • Accidental deaths rose 13% among 10- to 19-year-olds in the US between 2013 and 2016
  • Suicide and homicide rates are also rising among this age group after declining for years
  • "We should be worried about this," one expert says

(CNN)There has been a significant rise in accidental deaths, homicides and suicides among young people across the United States, and experts are calling it a wake-up call.

The total death rate for 10- to 19-year-olds in the United States declined 33% between 1999 and 2013 but then suddenly soared 12% between 2013 and 2016, according to a new report from the National Center for Health Statistics at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (PDF).
The report, released Friday, revealed that this rise in deaths is attributable to injury-related deaths, such as traffic accident fatalities, drug overdoses, homicides and suicides, as opposed to illness, such as cancer or heart disease.