Since 1999, preventable deaths occurring in the home have increased 207%, driven by a 474% increase in poisoning deaths and a 234% increase in deaths from falls. Drug overdoses are the main driver of poisoning deaths, and the data on fall deaths reflects a dramatic increase in the number of older adult falls.
- Data Table
The National Safety Council (NSC) 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.
Source: NSC estimates based on data from the National Center for Health Statistics and state vital statistics departments.