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Indicator Report - Unintentional Poisoning Deaths

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.

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

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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 

Other Views


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

How We Calculated the Rates

Numerator: Number of unintentional poisoning deaths (ICD-10: X40-X49)
Denominator: Total resident population

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