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Selected Data from the North Carolina
Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME)

 2003-2007

The North Carolina Medical Examiner System is a network of over 600 medical doctors throughout North Carolina who voluntarily devote their time, energy, and medical expertise to see that deaths of a suspicious, unusual or unnatural nature are adequately investigated. This resource is maintained by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of the state of North Carolina. The OCME is part of the Division of Public Health in the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. The OCME also functions as the Division of Forensic Pathology of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine Department of Pathology.

The OCME investigates all deaths in North Carolina due to injury or violence, as well as natural deaths that are suspicious, unusual, or unattended by a medical professional. The OCME collects extensive information on each death that is investigated, much of which is included in the OCME data system. The OCME collects additional information that is not available from the death certificate data system, including alcohol and other toxicology test results and more detailed information on gun type for deaths involving firearms.

The State Center for Health Statistics provides technical support to the OCME to help answer general requests for the Medical Examiner data and to disseminate selected aggregate statistical information. The tables in this report present aggregate statistics for deaths investigated by the OCME. The tables are presented in pairs: the "a" series of tables show data by geographic area of residence of the decedent and the "b" series of tables show data by geographic area of occurrence of the death. In some of the tables, the TOTAL in the "a" table does not match exactly the TOTAL in the "b" table, due to a few cases of unknown county of residence.

In order to view or download the data, you will need Microsoft Excel or the free Microsoft Excel Viewer.

CAUTION: The reporting of means of death in the Medical Examiner’s database is incomplete for deaths which occurred in 2004 and 2005. Many Accidental deaths are categorized in the "Other Accidents" category for this reason. Therefore, for Accidental deaths reported in 2004 and 2005, the means of death (Motor Vehicle, Fire/Burns, Falls, & Drownings) are significantly underreported. Please interpret this data with caution.

Table Title
Table 1a. Total deaths by manner for residents of North Carolina, OCME data: 1998-2007.
Table 1b. Total deaths by manner occurring in North Carolina, OCME data: 1998-2007.
Table 2a. Deaths by manner / means, with percentage of all Medical Examiner deaths by county of residence, North Carolina OCME data: 2003 to 2007.
Table 2b. Deaths by manner / means, with percentage of all Medical Examiner deaths by county of death, North Carolina OCME data: 2003 to 2007.
Table 3a. Natural deaths by presence of alcohol and county of residence for decedents >=15 yrs of age who were tested for alcohol. North Carolina OCME data: 2003-2007.
Table 3b. Natural deaths by presence of alcohol and county of death for decedents >=15 yrs of age who were tested for alcohol. North Carolina OCME data: 2003-2007.
Table 4a. Suicides by presence of alcohol and county of residence for decedents >=15 yrs of age who were tested for alcohol. North Carolina OCME data: 2003-2007.
Table 4b. Suicides by presence of alcohol and county of death for decedents >=15 yrs of age who were tested for alcohol. North Carolina OCME data: 2003-2007.
Table 5a. Homicides by presence of alcohol and county of residence for decedents >=15 yrs of age who were tested for alcohol. North Carolina OCME data: 2003-2007.
Table 5b. Homicides by presence of alcohol and county of death for decedents >=15 yrs of age who were tested for alcohol. North Carolina OCME data: 2003-2007.
Table 6a. Motor vehicle deaths by presence of alcohol and county of residence for decedents >=15 yrs of age who were tested for alcohol. North Carolina OCME data: 2003-2007.
Table 6b. Motor vehicle deaths by presence of alcohol and county of death for decedents >=15 yrs of age who were tested for alcohol. North Carolina OCME data: 2003-2007.
Table 7a. Fire deaths by presence of alcohol and county of residence for decedents >=15 yrs of age who were tested for alcohol. North Carolina OCME data: 2003-2007.
Table 7b. Fire deaths by presence of alcohol and county of death for decedents >=15 yrs of age who were tested for alcohol. North Carolina OCME data: 2003-2007.
Table 8a. Fall deaths by presence of alcohol and county of residence for decedents >=15 yrs of age who were tested for alcohol. North Carolina OCME data: 2003-2007.
Table 8b. Fall deaths by presence of alcohol and county of death for decedents >=15 yrs of age who were tested for alcohol. North Carolina OCME data: 2003-2007.
Table 9a. Drowning deaths by presence of alcohol and county of residence for decedents >=15 yrs of age who were tested for alcohol. North Carolina OCME data: 2003-2007.
Table 9b. Drowning deaths by presence of alcohol and county of death for decedents >=15 yrs of age who were tested for alcohol. North Carolina OCME data: 2003-2007.
Table 10a. Unintentional injury deaths by presence of alcohol and county of residence for decedents >=15 yrs of age who were tested for alcohol. North Carolina OCME data: 2003-2007.
Table 10b. Unintentional injury deaths by presence of alcohol and county of death for decedents >=15 yrs of age who were tested for alcohol. North Carolina OCME data: 2003-2007.
Table 11a. Homicide deaths by means and county of residence. North Carolina OCME data: 2003-2007.
Table 11b. Homicide deaths by means and county of death. North Carolina OCME data: 2003-2007.
Table 12a. Suicide deaths by means and county of residence. North Carolina OCME data: 2003-2007.
Table 12b. Suicide deaths by means and county of death. North Carolina OCME data: 2003-2007.
Table 13a. Non-motor vehicle unintentional injuries by county of residence. North Carolina OCME data: 2003-2007.
Table 13b. Non-motor vehicle unintentional injuries by county of death. North Carolina OCME data: 2003-2007.

 

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