• Unintentional poisonings are the leading cause of unintentional injuries in the United States. (National Safety Council – Injury Facts. 2019).
  • The 25 to 34 age group experienced the most opioid overdose deaths with 12,537 (National Safety Council – Injury Facts. 2019)
  • Nearly 841,000 people have died since 1999 from a drug overdose. In 2019, 70,630 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States. (Centers for Disease Control. 2019)
  • The rate of unintentional poisoning deaths in 2019 was 20 per 100,000 population. (Centers for Disease Control. 2019)

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)