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Unintentional Poisoning Deaths       Archived


In 2004, poisoning was second only to motor-vehicle crashes as a cause of death from unintentional injury in the United States. Nearly all poisoning deaths are attributed to abuse of prescription and illegal drugs. Previous reports indicated a substantial increase in unintentional poisoning mortality during the 1980s and 1990s. This report summarizes the most recent data, which indicated that poisoning mortality rates in the United States increased by 62.5 percent during 1999–2004. Created: 2/9/2007 by MMWR. Date Released: 3/30/2007. Series Name: A Cup of Health with CDC.

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