Research reveals most common form of accidental death

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Recent research has found that people in South Australia are most likely to die in an accident at the age of 40 involving poisoning rather than falling, drowning or choking. Figures suggest accidental poisoning and choking deaths are more likely in South Australia than anywhere else in the country.
Insurance company Suncorp Life analysed Bureau of Statistics data from 2008 for people aged up to 74 to find that road fatalities accounted for 109 deaths. However 62 people died from poisoning, 21 fell, 11 drowned and 11 choked.
Suncorp Life chief executive Geoff Summerhayes said, “Self-medicating, overdosing, inhaling toxic substances at home and in the workplace are all incidences contributing to the statistic.”
He added the most common age to die in an accident was 40.
SA Ambulance’s Keith Driscoll said the statistics should serve as a reminder to call 000 in an emergency. He said when someone is choking, ring triple zero especially if the person is unable to talk, cry or breathe, and in cases of drug overdose or poisoning, ring whether you know for certain or just suspect an overdose.
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