The numbers for CDC’s latest teen death toll report were adopted from the death certificates filed by “funeral directors, attending physicians, medical examiners, and coroners” in all 50 states.
The numbers were generated and processed using information found in the National Vital Statistics System kept by the CDC. Researchers and statisticians took a close look at the data, paying special attention to each individual’s age and cause of death.
Car accidents account for nearly 62 percent of all unintentional deaths within the United States. The second accidental cause is death by poison. Curtain mentioned that when the data was compiled, drug overdoses were included in the poison category.
“Ninety percent of poisoning deaths are drug overdoses, and most of them are in older adolescents.”
There are some obvious limitations to the record of statistics, especially where poisoning, or drug overdose, overlaps with suicide.