Report: Americans Likely To Die From Opioid Overdose Than Car Crash

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For the first time in America's history, a person is more likely to die from an accidental drug overdose than a motor vehicle crash. 

According to a new report issued by The National Safety Council revealed that 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).

"The nation’s opioid crisis is fueling the Council’s grim probabilities, and that crisis is worsening with an influx of illicit fentanyl," the report said.

Source: Injuryfacts.nsc.org

According to Ken Kolosh. manager of statistics with the NSC — the analysis is important 

“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 Kolosh, 

"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," he said.

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