North Carolina Poisoning Statistics
In 1999, the number of unintentional poisoning deaths in North Carolina was 279. By 2010, that number more than tripled to 947.1
Nearly 10 out of every 100,000 North Carolina residents died from an unintentional poisoning in 2010.2For more detailed North Carolina poisoning statistics, click here to view the Carolinas Poison Center 2010/2011 Biennial Report.
- In 2011, the Carolinas Poison Center answered 105,178 calls from the public and healthcare providers of North Carolina.
- About 75% of the callers were managed at a non-healthcare facility (home, workplace, school, etc.).
- Carolinas Poison Center answered over 35,000 calls from doctors, nurses, and pharmacists assisting with the diagnosis, management, and treatment of poisoned patients in 2010/2011.
- In 2010/2011, nearly 50,000 calls from North Carolina residents involved pain medicines (analgesics), making pain medicines the most called about class of toxins.
Previous Biennial Reports: 2008/2009
National Poisoning Statistics
In the U.S. poisoning is now the leading cause of unintentional injury death, and nearly 9 out of 10 poisoning deaths are caused by drugs.3
For more detailed national poisoning statistics, click here to view the 2011 Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers' National Poison Data System (NPDS).
- In 2010, unintentional poisonings contributed to 831,295 emergency department visits.4
- In 2010, unintentional poisonings were the leading cause of unintentional injury death for adults 25-64. Click here to see the CDC's findings.
- In the United States, a poison center answers a call about a suspected or actual poisoning exposure every 13.5 seconds.5
- In 2011, U.S. poison centers received over 2.3 million human poison exposure calls, over 1.2 million poison information calls, and just over 80,000 animal exposure calls.5
- Although children under the age of 6 were involved in half of poisoning exposures in 2011, they comprised only 1.7% of poisoning fatalities.5
- Cosmetics and personal care products were the most frequently involved substances in pediatric (5 years old and younger) poisoning exposures in 2011.5
- Prescription and non-prescription pain medicines (analgesics) were the most frequently involved substances in poisoning exposures overall in 2011.5
1 NC Center for Health Statistics, Vital Statistics-Deaths, 1999-2010
2 NC Division of Public Health, Injury & Violence Prevention Branch
3 NCHS Data Brief, No.81, Dec. 2011
4 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Poisoning in the United States: Fact Sheet"
5 2011 Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers' National Poison Data System (NPDS)