Key Issues and Statistics

According to National Safety Council Injury Facts 2015, about 93,200 people died from unintentional-injury-related deaths in 2013. That’s 93,200 times a young driver, mother, father, grandparent, or employee’s ordinary day turned tragic. North Dakotans are not excluded from the dangers of unintentional injuries and deaths that take place off-the-job.

 

o   National:

  • Unintentional poisonings are the leading cause of unintentional injuries in the United States. (National Safety Council – Injury Facts. 2016).
  • Poisoning deaths surpass motor vehicle crash deaths in people of ages 25 to 64 years and is the leading cause of unintentional injury deaths in this age group. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2015)
  • It is estimated that the economic burden of poisonings in 2005 was 3.2 billion dollars in total lifetime medical costs. (Injury Surveillance Workgroup 7. 2012)
  • There were 41,900 unintentional poisoning deaths in the United States in 2014. (National Safety Council – Injury Facts. 2016)
  • The rate of unintentional poisoning deaths in 2014 was 11.2 per 100,000 population. That is an increase of 8% from 2013. (National Safety Council – Injury Facts. 2016)

o   North Dakota:

  • From 2009 to 2014 there were 240 deaths due to poisoning. (North Dakota Department of Health)
  • The rate of unintentional poisoning deaths among North Dakota residents was 5.73 per 100,000 population. (North Dakota Department of Health)
  • Among residents over the age of 65, carbon monoxide poisoning was the leading substance resulting in death from 2009 to 2014. (North Dakota Department of Health)
  • Use or abuse of narcotics is the leading cause of unintentional poisoning death for adults in their 30s and 40s, followed by carbon monoxide poisoning. (North Dakota Department of Health. 2010)