Despite recent improvement, since 1999, preventable injury-related-deaths occurring in public places have increased by 62%, totaling 36,000 deaths in 2018. This increase has largely been driven by a 304% increase in poisoning deaths and a 160% 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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How to Use Injury Facts® Charts and Tables

The National Safety Council adopted the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries 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.