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North Carolina Poisoning Statistics

In 2015, 1,370 North Carolinians died due to unintentional poisoning.  About half of these deaths are caused by prescription opioids, heroin, or cocaine.¹


  • In 2014-2015, the Carolinas Poison Center answered 164,433 calls from the public and from healthcare providers across the state.

  • Of those calls, 40,461 were from doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare providers who needed assistance with the diagnosis, management, and treatment of poisoned patients.

  • About 70% of all calls about a poisoning exposure were managed at the site of the call, which is usually at home.

  • Pain relievers were the most commonly called about drug substance (29,645 calls).

  • Household cleaners were the most commonly called about non-drug substance (11,960 calls).


For more detailed North Carolina poisoning statistics, click here to view the Carolinas Poison Center 2014/2015 Biennial Report.  

Click below to see previous biennial reports:



National Poisoning Statistics

In the United States, poisoning is the leading cause of unintentional injury death, and nearly 9 out of 10 of poisoning deaths are caused by drugs.² Click here to see an injury grid highlighting the top causes of unintentional injury death.


  • In the United States, a poison control center answers a call about a suspected or actual poisoning every 14 seconds.³

  • In 2014, U.S. poison control centers received over 2.1 million poison exposure calls, over 660,000 information calls, and over 56,000 animal exposure calls

  • The death rate nationwide due to unintentional poisonings is 12.3 deaths per 100,000 population.4
  • Although children under the age of 6 were involved in about half of poisoning exposures in 2014, they comprised only 1.4% of poisoning deaths.  Most (66%) of deaths occurred among 20-59 year olds.³

  • Cosmetics and personal care products were the most frequently involved substances in pediatric (5 years and younger) poisoning exposures in 2014.³

  • Pain relievers were the most frequently involved substances in poisoning exposures overall in 2014.³

For more detailed national poisoning statistics, click here to view the 2014 American Association of Poison Control Centers' National Poison Data System's Annual Report.  

1 NC Injury and Violence Prevention Branch, "Prescription & Drug Overdoses" fact sheet
NCHS Data Brief, No.81, Dec. 2011
2014 Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers' National Poison Data System (NPDS)
4 CDC FactStats:  Accidents or Unintentional Injuries


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