“Unintentional Poisoning Kills 108,000 People in 2015.” – WHO

Households and car owners, beware!

In its recent publication on World Health Statistics, the World Health Organization reveals that an estimated 108,000 deaths were caused by unintentional poisonings in 2015.

Among Member States composed of low and middle-income countries (LMIC), the common causes of such poisoning are:

  • pesticides;
  • kerosene;
  • household chemicals; and,
  • carbon monoxide.

However, in high-income countries, the substances involved primarily include the following:

  • carbon monoxide;
  • drugs; and,
  • cleaning and personal-care products in the home.


The number of deaths attributed to unintentional poisonings are highest among children under 5 years old, and among adults aged 60 years and above.

Mortality rates are also higher among men than among women across all age groups.

Below is the official graph of WHO showing these stats:

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