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The Oregon Health Authority (OHA), through its Injury and Violence Prevention section in the Public Health Division, works to prevent firearm-related deaths and injuries, including suicide. The Public Health Division does this through data collection and tracking, and by collaborating with community, tribal, local, state, and federal partners.
*Adapted from the State of California Department of Justice
In Oregon in 2018, 519 people died from a firearm (11.7 per 100,000 persons).
These deaths include:
Firearm Deaths, Oregon and U.S.
Firearm Deaths, by Oregon County
CD Summary: A new approach to preventing firearm deaths, 2017
Many people in the U.S. believe that most firearm deaths are homicides, however the data show otherwise.
Oregon tracks violent deaths through the Oregon Violent Death Reporting System (OR-VDRS). The data include deaths by age, sex, and county, and trends over time.
Common risk factors for firearms suicide identified in OR-VDRS include:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline1-800-273-8255
Crisis Text LineText OREGON to 741741
Veteran Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255, Press 1
Oregon County Crisis Hotlines
More Crisis Services
Oregon Violent Death Reporting System includes firearm data and an interactive data dashboard.
Firearm fatality rates vary by county, age group and intent.
County firearm deaths and rates, 2013-2018[View details]
Firearm fatality rates by age group and intent, 2013-2017 [View details]
Source: Oregon Violent Death Reporting System
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