Important Facts for Unintentional Poisoning Deaths
DefinitionPoisonings include all resident deaths where an unintentional poisoning was coded as the underlying (primary) cause of death.
NumeratorNumber of unintentional poisoning deaths (ICD-10: X40-X49)
DenominatorTotal 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 ObjectivesHealthy North Carolina 2020