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Poisoning Kills More Americans Than Car Crashes, Report Says

Poisoning, primarily by drugs, kills more people than car accidents, making it the biggest injury-related cause of death in the U.S., said a report by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Nationwide, 13.3 people per 100,000 died from poisoning between 2007 and 2009, compared with 12.4 from motor-vehicle accidents during the same period, the report found. More than 90 percent of unintentional poisoning deaths in 2007 were caused by drugs and medicine, the report said. Each year, injuries create $406 billion in lifetime costs for medical care and lost productivity, according to the report.