Find Information About:

Drugs & Supplements

Get information and reviews on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements. Search by name or medical condition.

Pill Identifier

Pill Identifier

Having trouble identifying your pills?

Enter the shape, color, or imprint of your prescription or OTC drug. Our pill identification tool will display pictures that you can compare to your pill.

Get Started

My Medicine

Save your medicine, check interactions, sign up for FDA alerts, create family profiles and more.

Get Started

WebMD Health Experts and Community

Talk to health experts and other people like you in WebMD's Communities. It's a safe forum where you can create or participate in support groups and discussions about health topics that interest you.

  • Second Opinion

    Second Opinion

    Read expert perspectives on popular health topics.

  • Community


    Connect with people like you, and get expert guidance on living a healthy life.

Got a health question? Get answers provided by leading organizations, doctors, and experts.

Get Answers

Sign up to receive WebMD's award-winning content delivered to your inbox.

Sign Up

Mental Health Center

Font Size

Deaths by Injury Rise in U.S. Adults

Poisoning a Leading Cause of Unintended or Suicidal Injury Deaths, Says CDC
WebMD Health News

Dec. 14, 2007 -- Deaths by injury have become more common in the U.S., and poisoning accounts for much of that trend.

The CDC reports a 5.5% increase in U.S. deaths by injury from 1999-2004. This is the first sustained increase in 25 years. The increase was even larger among 20-29 year olds with a 7.7% increase.

That increase from deaths by injury includes unintended deaths, suicides, and cases in which death certificate data didn't show whether the fatal injuries were intentional or not. The increase was seen in adults aged 20 to 64.

"Unintentional injury mortality rates increased 6.6%, suicide increased 4.3%, and deaths from injury of undetermined intent increased 20.6%," states the CDC.

Most deaths from injuries were unintended, with auto accidents as the top cause of death from unintentional injury.

Rises in poisoning deaths account for more than half of the increase in injury deaths. That's probably due to an increase in drug abuse, "especially prescription drug abuse, since 1999," states the CDC.

Deaths from injury declined in the 1970s, then leveled off in the 1990s before starting to rise in 1999, according to the CDC.

The findings appear in today's edition of the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Today on WebMD

Differences between feeling depressed or feeling blue.
lunar eclipse
Signs of mania and depression.
man screaming
Causes, symptoms, and therapies.
woman looking into fridge
When food controls you.
Woman standing in grass field barefoot, wind blowi
senior man eating a cake
woman reading medicine warnings
depressed young woman
man with arms on table
man cringing and covering ears

WebMD Special Sections