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World’s Top 10 Killers: Non-disease Related Causes of Deaths

The following is a list of non-disease causes of human deaths worldwide.

According to the World Health Organization, about 58 million people died in 2005, mostly from diseases and the rest from non-disease related causes.

1. Road Traffic Accidents

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Car driving is one of the deadliest undertakings in the history of mankind. Road traffic accidents is one of the leading causes of non-disease related deaths with an estimated  17 million annual deaths. It is also one of the leading causes of death of children ages 9 to 18 with a record of 260,000 deaths per year.

2. Suicide

Suicide, the intentional taking of ones own life is the second highest non-disease related causes of death. Suicide may occur for a number of reasons, including depression, shame, guilt, desperation, physical pain, emotional pressure, anxiety, financial difficulties, or other undesirable situations. The World Health Organization noted that over one million people commit suicide every year, and that it is one of the leading causes of death among teenagers and adults under 35. There are an estimated 10 to 20 million non-fatal attempted suicides every year worldwide.

3. Violence

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Violence, the expression of physical force against self or other is another leading cause of death of thousands of human being worldwide. WHO estimates that each year around 1.6 million lives are lost worldwide due to violence. It is among the leading causes of death for people ages 15-44, especially of males. Violence can vary from between a physical altercation between two beings where a slight injury may be the outcome to war and genocide where millions may die as a result.

4. Falling

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It’s quite surprising but falling is a major cause of personal injury, especially for the elderly. Builders and miners represent worker categories representing high rates of fall injuries. The WHO estimate that 392,000 people die in falls every year and 47,000 children die of falling per year.

5. Drowning

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Unbelievable it may seem but Drowning is a leading cause of death especially among children. There are 175,000 children dying of drowning every year. Drowning is a process resulting in primary respiratory impairment from submersion/immersion in a liquid medium.

6. Poisoning

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According to statistics, 55,000 deaths are recorded every year in the US. Worldwide record shows that 45,000 children die of poisoning annually.

7. Fire

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Fire is another leading cause of death. The primary risk to people in a fire is smoke inhalation (breathing in smoke; most of those killed in fires die from this, not from burns). Large percentage of people who died of fire is children numbering about 96,000 per year.

8. War

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We are all aware that war is very devastating but it is not already the leading cause of death but still thousands are killed every year because of war. War is a reciprocated, armed conflict, between two or more non-congruous entities, aimed at reorganizing a subjectively designed, geo-politically desired result.

9. Alcohol Use

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Alcoholism kills about 1.9 million worldwide per year with about 85,000 in the US. Alcohol, specifically ethanol, is a potent central nervous system depressant, with a range of side effects.

10. Drug Use

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Illegal use of drugs is another leading cause of death with thousands of death per year. Some of the most commonly abused drugs include alcohol, tobacco, amphetamines, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, cocaine, and opiates, opoids and their derivatives which typically have opioid agonist actions though some don’t (e.g. morphine and it’s derivatives like heroin (3,6 diacetylmorphine, codeine, dextromethorphan an NMDA antagonist opioid with no opioid activity.)

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  1. Christine Ramsay

    On August 17, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Those numbers are unbelievable. I had no idea that road traffic accidents are such big killers. I would have thought it was drugs. An interesting piece.


  2. Goodselfme

    On August 17, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Much detailed info for learning from your well composed article.TX

  3. deep blue

    On August 17, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Great research kabayan. I’d rather confine myself in the safety of the bus than opting to buy a car. The highway is really a long way down.

  4. Rana Sinha

    On August 17, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Quite a list. Good article. Noticed a small typo in the heading of item 10. It says “Dug use”. I guess it should be “Drug use”.

  5. Holly J. Harrington

    On August 17, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Another great article.

  6. Holly J. Harrington

    On August 17, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Not to be a wet blanket but the rumor in our small town is that we had a 16 year old suicide recently. Im not surprised.

    Its sad.

  7. Ruby Hawk

    On August 17, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Interesting information. We are killers on the highway and if we escape road death, we turn around and commit sucicide.


    On August 17, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Good information and great research here. Suicide and road accident are in the rising trend, sad news instead. Have my liked it.

  9. Juancav

    On August 17, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    10 Ways dieing in accidents.

  10. R.B. Parsley

    On August 17, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    Very well written. Excellent writing. Looks like you put in some time on researching this article. Keep up the excellent work my friend. I love reading your articles. They’re very informative.


  11. PR Mace

    On August 18, 2009 at 1:48 am

    Well done piece. My biggest fear is fire. I once saw a family friends house burn to the ground. It was a terrible sight.

  12. Chambo

    On August 18, 2009 at 2:16 am

    What? Drugs are at 10 and Falling is at 4. Thats just crazy. Would have thought each of those things would be swapped on the list. Very interesting read Nobert.


  13. DA Cournean

    On August 18, 2009 at 6:13 am

    Very sad…

  14. Judy Sheldon

    On August 18, 2009 at 7:41 am

    I’m not surprised that vehicular accidents ranked high. Very well researched, Nobert.

    Thanks & take care.

  15. Unofre Pili

    On August 18, 2009 at 8:41 am

    Unique pieces of information here. Thanks for the info

  16. Lex92

    On August 18, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    The sad thing is, a lot of those kind of deaths can be prevented… like Alcohol… i mean, just dont’ drink a whole lot…:

    Great article

  17. Radhika Bhargava

    On August 18, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    Very Sad,Road accident was really surprising…

  18. Moses Ingram

    On August 20, 2009 at 11:32 am

    It’s so sad to see that suicide is number 2 and I’m surprised with falling being number 4. A great article, thanks for sharing.

  19. orlandoJP

    On August 22, 2009 at 11:55 am

    i tough smoking was number 1…….

  20. CutestPrincess

    On August 26, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Thanks for making me aware of this!

  21. Bailey Thompson

    On August 29, 2009 at 12:30 am

    Very interesting article! You’ve done your research. It’s sad to think that many of this can be prevented.

  22. MMV Abad

    On August 31, 2009 at 1:03 am

    Well done my friend :) Another interesting and well researched article :)

  23. Deep thinker

    On December 21, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Where would natural disasters like, tornados, floods, land/snow slides, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions & their fallout, etc be in the list? Their stats would be very high I would think.

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