The impact of 'Bottle Bill' legislation on the incidence of lacerations in childhood

Am J Public Health. 1986 Oct;76(10):1243-4. doi: 10.2105/ajph.76.10.1243.


We studied the effect of legislation requiring deposits for beverage containers on the incidence of lacerations in urban children. Records of emergency room visits for lacerations and fractures were reviewed for three years pre-legislation (1980-82) and the immediate post-legislation period (1983). The incidence of total sutured lacerations did not change substantially after the legislation, but glass-related lacerations fell by 60 per cent, due to a reduced incidence in lacerations occurring outside of the home.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Beverages
  • Boston
  • Emergency Service, Hospital / statistics & numerical data
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Fractures, Bone / epidemiology
  • Glass*
  • Humans
  • Legislation as Topic*
  • Massachusetts
  • Motivation
  • Urban Population
  • Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology*