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Important Facts for 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

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