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Vincent Iannelli, M.D.

Drug Poisoning Death Rates

By December 6, 2012

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A new report from the CDC on Drug Poisoning Death Rates had some surprising results.

While the age-adjusted death rate for the United States was 12.3 deaths per 100,000 people, the death rates vary by state quite a bit.

The states with the highest death rates, up to 28.9, included:

  • West Virginia
  • New Mexico
  • Kentucky
  • Nevada
  • Oklahoma
  • Arizona
  • Missouri
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Delaware

At the opposite end of the spectrum were North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Virginia, Minnesota, New York, Iowa, Texas, Kansas, and Vermont, all with rates well below the national average.

What does drug poisoning mean? For this report, it could mean accidental poisoning, which is what we most commonly see in children, intentional self-harm, or an event of undetermined intent involving drugs. Whatever it means, it is a good time to look at what your state is doing to prevent drug poisoning and to make sure you know how to reduce the risk of accidental poisoning in and around your home, and the number to Poison Control (1-800-222-1222) .

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