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Report Finds 90% Increase In Firearm Injuries

(Portland, OR) -- A study from Oregon Health & Science University finds a 90-percent increase in firearm injuries were treated at Oregon emergency departments from 2019 to 2021. The report found that the highest per-capita rates of gunshot injuries were in Douglas, Jefferson, and Multnomah Counties showing firearm injuries aren't just a Portland problem. People of color are disproportionately affected. Fourteen-percent of people injured in a shooting were Black or African American, even though that population accounts for only two-percent of the state's total population. The study was funded by the state and federal governments.

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