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NCHS data on drug poisoning death
  • Published Date:
    December 2012
  • Language:
    English
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  • Corporate Authors:
    National Center For Health Statistics (U.S.)
  • Description:
    About NCHS -- NCHS drug poisoning data -- Recent trends -- Who is most at risk? -- Drug poisoning death rates by state.

    In recent years, the rate of poisoning deaths in the United States has been on the rise. Drugs – both legal and illegal – cause the vast majority of poisoning deaths.

    NCHS uses the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS) to monitor deaths due to drug poisoning. The NVSS collects and compiles mortality information from death certificates in all 50 States and the District of Columbia. Policymakers and public health professionals use the NVSS data to design and direct program and policy intervention efforts at the national, state, and local levels.

    NCHS identifies the number of drug poisoning deaths from statements about the underlying cause of death on death certificates. Drug poisoning deaths can result from unintentional or intentional overdoses of a drug, being given the wrong drug, taking the wrong drug in error, or taking a drug inadvertently.

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