Death now more likely from opioids than car crashes in US

Death now more likely from opioids than car crashes in US
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As if further proof were needed on the scale of the US opioid crisis, the National Safety Council (NSC) has revealed that for the first time in US history a person is more likely to die from an accidental opioid overdose that from a car crash.

The odds of dying accidentally from an opioid overdose have risen to one in 96, eclipsing the odds of dying in a motor vehicle crash (one in 103).

“We’ve made significant strides in overall longevity in the United States, but we are dying from things typically called accidents at rates we haven’t seen in half a century,” said Ken Kolosh, Manager of Statistics at NSC.

“We cannot be complacent about 466 lives lost every day. This new analysis reinforces that we must consistently prioritize safety at work, at home and on the road to prevent these dire outcomes.”