The poisonings shown here are accidental poisonings and are defined as accidental poisoning by noxious substances. Not keeping dangerous substances (including medication) out of the reach of children, is a common cause of accidental poisoning. With adults, mistaking one product for another can be the cause. Transport accidents occassional expose people to noxious substances. Intentional poisonings (overdoses) are within Suicide U157 Map 482, and occassionally Murder U158 Map 483. In territories where there is a reluctance to record deaths as due to suicide, there may be pressures to claim that an overdose was taken accidentally. Accidental overdosing with alcohol is common, but usually not included here.
Poisonings caused 0.6% of all deaths worldwide in 2002, an average of 56 deaths per million people per year.