Published: Thu, January 17, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Americans more likely to die from opioids than auto crash

Americans more likely to die from opioids than auto crash

For the first time on record, Americans are more likely to die of an accidental opioid overdose than in a motor vehicle crash, according to a new report from the National Safety Council.

For the first time on record, the chances of unintentionally passing away from an opioid overdose in the United States are now higher than those passing away in an automobile crash.

Overall, CBS reports that heart disease and cancer continue to be the leading causes of death for Americans; however, the safety council report says that falls are killing more Americans than ever before. The second leading cause meanwhile, motor vehicle crashes, has a probability of 1 in 103.

"Too many people still believe the opioid crisis is abstract and will not impact them".

" These data reveal the gravity of the crisis". The lifetime odds of suicide were pegged at 1 in 88. The NSC highlights, nonetheless, that the chances given are statistical standards over the whole USA population and do not always mirror the opportunities of death for a particular person from a specific outside reason.

He added that preventable deaths and injuries often are considered "accidents", when in reality, a person's odds of dying are affected by the choices they make.

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Data reported past year showed drug overdoses killed more Americans in 2016 than the Vietnam War, with three-quarters of those deaths caused by opioids.

Last month, the CDC reported that fentanyl is the deadliest drug in America, being involved in nearly one-third of all fatal overdoses in 2016. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently found that between 1999 and 2017, opioids, including fentanyl and heroin, dramatically increased the number of overdose deaths among middle-aged women across the country.

"What began greater than twenty years ago as public health trouble mostly amongst young and middle-aged white males is now an epidemic of prescription as well as illicit opioid misuse that is taking a toll on all segments of UNITED STATE society", the researchers created.

Kentucky is among the top ten states for the number of deaths related to opioid use, with almost 1,000 reported in 2016.

In fact, there were 70,237 deaths from drug overdoses in 2017 alone, which was a 9.6% increase from the year prior, the CDC said.

Opioid pain relievers have become the most fatally abused drug in America, with over 130 US deaths from overdoses occurring each day, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, who reported over 49,000 opioid-related deaths in 2017.

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