?Health Day News ? Poisonings from drug overdoses is considered the number 1 cause accidental death among adults on working-age in the United States.
However, studies showed that motor vehicle crashes are major causes of the most injury deaths of younger people. This is intensified by distractions caused by cellphones that are major factors to those crashes.
For the seniors, especially over 60 years, falls accounted for most fatal injuries.
It appeared that injury deaths increased by3.2% in 2012 compared from the year before. According to the report, the rise is driven by accidental deaths at home and in cars.
Ken Kolosh, statistics manager for the National Safety Council related that poisoning formerly concerned only young children that lay their hands in the medicine cabinet and under the kitchen sink; but Kolosh said that way back 1993, a trend materialized that people in their 30s and 40s died of poisoning, derived from drug abuse.
In 18 states, including Washington, D.C., poisoning is the leading cause of accidental death.
A 2010 report accounted that drugs both legal and illicit accounted for nearly 91% of poisoning deaths with alcohol poisoning adding 6%.
Kolosh said that more than half of those poisoning deaths are caused by overdoses of prescription drugs with an upscale of death caused heroin.
On the other hand, young people are dying in crashes that appear to be linked to cellphones and other distractions. Report substantiated that about 7,800 people aged 5 to 24 died in traffic accidents in 2010.
Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration accounted for drivers error as 95% cause of auto crashes among 15- to 18-year-old drivers.,
Distracted driving is about 46% with bad decisions as too closely or driving too fast that accounted for 40%. Drivers inexperience issues come before people operating behind the wheel DUI.
Researchers found that kids are distracted while driving due to cellphone use that is now estimated to be involved in 26% of all motor vehicle crashes: with crashes involving texting taking up 5%, and another 21% caused by drivers distracted on hands-free or handheld mobiles.
In the 2012 report found nearly 1,100 people were killed riding in the same car, more than 1,200 people in other cars and about 500 who were not in a car.
Report also revealed that since 1999, the number of falls among the elderly has risen 112% with more than 21,600 seniors succumbing from injuries caused by a fall in 2010. Injury deaths considered unintentional cost more than $190 billion yearly. United States is placed on top of countries in the number of reported cases of occupational injury deaths in 2010.Thanksgiving was the holiday period with the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired driving deaths.
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