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QuickStats : Death Rates for Three Selected Causes of Injury — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 1979–2012
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    November 21 2014

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    MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2014; 63(46):1095
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    MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep
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    In 2012, a total of 41,502 drug poisoning deaths, 34,935 motor vehicle traffic deaths, and 33,563 firearm deaths occurred. The age-adjusted death rate for drug poisoning more than quadrupled from 3.0 per 100,000 in 1979 to 13.1 in 2012. In contrast, the age-adjusted rate dropped from 22.1 to 10.9 for motor vehicle traffic deaths and from 14.7 to 10.5 for firearm deaths during this period. The age-adjusted drug poisoning death rate exceeded the motor vehicle traffic death rate beginning in 2009. Source: CDC WONDER, compressed mortality file, underlying cause-of-death, available at Reported by: Li-Hui Chen, PhD; Andrew Fenelon.
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