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The Overdose Epidemic

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Accidental poisoning deaths have more than tripled in the United States over the past 20 years, making poisoning the nation’s second-leading cause of unintentional deaths, after motor-vehicle crashes. This trend is driven primarily by adults (ages 20-64) of both sexes and seems to be mainly attributable to the abuse of drugs, particularly prescription painkillers.

Learn more about the overdose epidemic and poison prevention.

Most affected by the dramatic rise in poisoning deaths are people born in the 1950s – that is, in the middle of the baby boom years. And while the largest numerical increase in poisoning deaths is among non-Hispanic white men between the ages of 20 and 64, the rate of poisoning from unintentional overdoses is increasing fastest among non-Hispanic white women in the same age range.

The need for public education concerning accidental poisoning deaths is clear. When asked to rank potential causes of poisoning in a survey conducted by the Council, 53 percent of people said household chemicals were most commonly associated with fatal poisoning while just 34 percent named drugs and medicine.

What’s more, most Americans – 81 percent – believe that children are at greatest risk for fatal poisoning, though data shows that less than one percent of poisoning deaths involve children under 6 years of age - about 30 deaths - and more than 96 percent involve adults 20 years and older - more than 20,200 deaths.

You can make a difference in avoiding unsafe use of medications.
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