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Complete Indicator Profile of Unintentional Poisoning Deaths

Definition

Poisonings include all resident deaths where an unintentional poisoning was coded as the underlying (primary) cause of death.

Numerator

Number of unintentional poisoning deaths (ICD-10: X40-X49)

Denominator

Total resident population

Why Is This Important?

"Most unintentional poisoning deaths occur because of the misuse of prescription narcotics. North Carolina has experienced dramatic increases in the percentage of unintentional deaths due to poisoning in the past three decades, including a 139% increase from 2000 to 2007. In 2007, unintentional poisoning was the second leading cause of injury deaths in the state." - North Carolina Institute of Medicine. Healthy North Carolina 2020: A Better State of Health.

Other Objectives

Healthy North Carolina 2020



Graphical Data Views

Unintentional Poisoning Mortality Rate North Carolina vs. HNC 2020 Target, 2008-2012

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North Carolina vs. HNC2020 Year Deaths per 100,000 (age-adjusted) Lower Limit Upper Limit Numerator
North Carolina 2008 11.0 1,016
North Carolina 2009 11.2 1,036
North Carolina 2010 9.9 947
North Carolina 2011 11.8 1,140
North Carolina 2012 11.7 10.9 12.3 1,123
HNC 2020 Target 2008 9.9
HNC 2020 Target 2009 9.9
HNC 2020 Target 2010 9.9
HNC 2020 Target 2011 9.9
HNC 2020 Target 2012 9.9

Data Notes

Deaths were coded under the 10th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). Age-adjusted death rates were calculated using the direct method and the projected United States 2000 population as the standard.  The HNC 2020 target, which is the target to be reached by 2020, is repeated in the data table for graphing purposes.

Data Sources

Death Certificate Database, State Center for Health Statistics  NCHS Bridged Population Estimates 



Unintentional Poisoning Mortality Rate by County, 2008-2012

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County Deaths per 100,000 (age-adjusted) Lower Limit Upper Limit Numerator
Alamance 12.4 9.9 14.9 89
Alexander 18.5 12.2 24.8 34
Alleghany ** 9
Anson ** 13
Ashe 17.9 10.6 25.2 24
Avery ** 12
Beaufort 11.6 7.1 16.1 26
Bertie ** 6
Bladen 12.6 7.3 17.9 22
Brunswick 24.6 20.3 28.9 121
Buncombe 9.6 7.8 11.4 110
Burke 23.2 18.7 27.7 99
Cabarrus 10.7 8.5 12.9 96
Caldwell 18.1 14.0 22.2 71
Camden ** 1
Carteret 22.3 17.2 27.4 71
Caswell ** 13
Catawba 15.2 12.5 17.9 116
Chatham ** 18
Cherokee 37.9 26.5 49.3 42
Chowan ** 3
Clay ** 9
Cleveland 15.4 11.9 18.9 74
Columbus 21.1 15.6 26.6 58
Craven 11.5 8.6 14.4 56
Cumberland 10.6 9.0 12.2 164
Currituck ** 13
Dare 17.1 11.0 23.2 30
Davidson 15.8 13.1 18.5 122
Davie ** 19
Duplin ** 18
Durham 7.2 5.8 8.6 102
Edgecombe 8.7 5.4 12.0 26
Forsyth 9.5 8.1 10.9 170
Franklin 8.4 5.1 11.7 25
Gaston 20.9 18.2 23.6 213
Gates ** 3
Graham ** 12
Granville 8.7 5.4 12.0 27
Greene ** 7
Guilford 7.8 6.6 9.0 192
Halifax 7.4 4.1 10.7 20
Harnett 10.4 7.7 13.1 58
Haywood 20.6 15.1 26.1 53
Henderson 13.0 9.7 16.3 62
Hertford ** 5
Hoke 8.5 4.8 12.2 20
Hyde ** 2
Iredell 15.0 12.3 17.7 118
Jackson 17.7 11.6 23.8 33
Johnston 9.1 7.1 11.1 78
Jones ** 3
Lee 13.2 9.1 17.3 38
Lenoir 11.9 8.0 15.8 34
Lincoln 15.9 12.0 19.8 62
Macon 20.4 12.8 28.0 27
Madison ** 11
Martin ** 16
McDowell 16.7 11.2 22.2 36
Mecklenburg 5.7 5.1 6.3 271
Mitchell 27.3 15.5 39.1 21
Montgomery ** 13
Moore 10.2 7.1 13.3 41
Nash 7.9 5.4 10.4 37
New Hanover 16.3 13.8 18.8 167
Northampton ** 7
Onslow 11.7 9.3 14.1 93
Orange 6.9 4.9 8.9 45
Pamlico ** 6
Pasquotank ** 15
Pender 13.4 8.9 17.9 34
Perquimans ** 5
Person 12.4 7.5 17.3 24
Pitt 10.0 7.8 12.2 78
Polk 23.6 13.6 33.6 21
Randolph 13.0 10.3 15.7 88
Richmond 21.2 15.1 27.3 48
Robeson 12.5 9.8 15.2 79
Rockingham 16.2 12.5 19.9 73
Rowan 20.2 16.7 23.7 133
Rutherford 18.4 13.9 22.9 63
Sampson 14.9 10.6 19.2 46
Scotland 11.4 6.5 16.3 20
Stanly 19.0 13.9 24.1 55
Stokes 17.6 12.3 22.9 41
Surry 19.8 15.1 24.5 68
Swain 38.1 23.4 52.8 26
Transylvania 25.6 17.0 34.2 34
Tyrrell ** 1
Union 5.4 3.8 7.0 51
Vance 14.6 9.5 19.7 32
Wake 4.8 4.2 5.4 227
Warren ** 5
Washington ** 3
Watauga 12.7 8.0 17.4 28
Wayne 9.1 6.7 11.5 55
Wilkes 30.9 24.8 37.0 101
Wilson 8.2 5.5 10.9 33
Yadkin 22.2 15.1 29.3 39
Yancey 25.6 15.2 36.0 23
North Carolina 11.1 10.7 11.5 5,262
United States 10.6 10.5 10.8

Data Notes

Deaths were coded under the 10th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). Age-adjusted death rates were calculated using the direct method and the projected United States 2000 population as the standard.  **Rates are displayed only for counties that have a minimum of 20 deaths. U.S. data are for 2010.

Data Sources

Death Certificate Database, State Center for Health Statistics  NCHS Bridged Population Estimates 



Unintentional Poisoning Mortality Rate by Race/Ethnicity, 2012

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Race/Ethnicity Deaths per 100,000 (age-adjusted) Lower Limit Upper Limit Numerator
Total 11.6 10.9 12.3 1,123
White (Non-Hispanic) 15.9 14.9 16.8 992
Black (Non-Hispanic) 4.3 3.5 5.2 95
American Indian (Non-Hispanic) ** 16
Other (Non-Hispanic) ** 1
Hispanic ** 19

Data Notes

Deaths were coded under the 10th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). Age-adjusted death rates were calculated using the direct method and the projected United States 2000 population as the standard. 

Page Content Updated On 12/05/2013, Published on 12/05/2013
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