Since 1999, preventable injury-related deaths occurring in public places have increased by 93%, totaling 42,800 deaths in 2020. This increase has largely been driven by a 511% increase in poisoning deaths and a 175% increase in fall deaths. The poisoning deaths increase is primarily a result of drug overdoses. The increase in fall deaths reflects a dramatic increase in the number of older adult fall deaths.
Use this interactive chart to explore the trends in preventable injury-related deaths occurring in public places by leading cause of death.
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The National Safety Council (NSC) adopted the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) count for work-related unintentional injuries beginning with 1992 data. This affected long-term historical comparisons for the work, home, and public classes. Beginning with 1999 data, deaths are classified according to the 10th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10). Caution should be used in comparing current data with data classified under prior revisions. See the Technical Appendix for more information.