- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

HONOLULU (AP) - The state Department of Health has received $740,000 to gather data on violent deaths.

The money from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will allow the state to use the National Violent Death Reporting System for five years.

The system helps officials understand violent deaths using data from coroners, crime labs and other sources in order to help develop ways to reduce violent deaths.

The department’s Emergency Medical Services and Injury Prevention Chief Linda Rosen says the system will provide a more complete picture of homicides and suicides. She says a better understanding of the circumstances may help identify ways to reduce such tragedies.

Hawaii is one of the new states that will be using the system.

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