This section offers data and statistical reports on health conditions and deaths resulting from injury, violence or poisonings.
- Are the leading cause of death and disability for the people of Washington State, ages 1-44.
- Remain a huge cause of death and disability throughout the life span.
- Kill more Americans ages 1-44 than all other disease combined.
- Do not occur at random.
- Occur in highly predictable patterns, with recognizable risk factors among identifiable populations.
- Cost an average of $1.1 million in medical and lost productivity for each injury death in Washington State.
More information about injuries in Washington is on our Injury and Violence Prevention webpage.
What is a poison?
A poison is any product or substance, including medications, that can cause harm if used in the wrong way, by the wrong person, or in the wrong amount. A product or substance can cause a poisoning in different ways: if one eats it, drinks it, breathes it, injects it, gets it on the skin, or gets it in the eyes.