Indicator Report - Drug Overdose and Poisoning Incidents
Why Is This Important?In 2002 the age-adjusted rate of poisoning deaths (15.5 per 100,000 population) surpassed the rate of motor vehicle crash (MVC) deaths (13.5 per 100,000 population) in Utah. Until this time, motor vehicle crashes had been responsible for more lives lost than any other cause of injury. By 2011, the age-adjusted death rate from poisonings (21.9 per 100,000 population) was almost three times as high as it was from MVC deaths (8.9 per 100,000 population). Drugs, and in particular prescription pain medications, are responsible for many of the poisoning deaths in Utah.
An average of 23 Utahns die as a result of prescription opioids each month. Since 2002 prescription opioids have been responsible for more drug deaths in Utah than all other drug categories, such as benzodiazepines, over-the-counter medications, or illicit drugs. Oxycodone remain the most common prescription opioid involved in overdose deaths.
Poisoning Deaths by Year, Utah and U.S., 1999-2011
Data NotesUtah drug deaths are a subset of Utah poisoning deaths. Data are age-adjusted (2000 U.S. standard population).
Data SourcesUtah Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health. Population Estimates: National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) through a collaborative agreement with the U.S. Census Bureau. National Center for Injury Prevention and Control's Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS).
DefinitionThe number of incidents (ED visits, hospitalizations, deaths) resulting from the ingestion of all poisons per 10,000 population (ED visits, hospitalizations) or per 100,000 (deaths). ICD-9 codes E850-869, E950-952, E962, E980-982, E972, E979 (.6-.7); ICD-10 codes X40-49, X60-69, X85-X90, Y10-Y19, Y35.2, *U01.6-*U01.7
How We Calculated the Rates
Page Content Updated On 01/15/2013, Published on 02/26/2013