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Selected Data from the North Carolina
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.
Page last updated March 09, 2012