Friday, 19 April, 2019

Americans More Likely to Die From Opioids Than Car Wrecks

Americans Are Now More Likely To Die From An Opioid Overdose Than A Car Accident Americans Are Now More Likely To Die From An Opioid Overdose Than A Car Accident
Gustavo Carr | 17 January, 2019, 16:12

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report finding the number of drug overdose deaths among middle-aged women skyrocketed between 1999 and 2017, with opioids, including fentanyl and heroin, being the main driver.

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.

- For the first time in American history, one of the leading causes of deaths - vehicle crash - has been supplanted by opioid overdoses.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that more than 115 people die each day from opioid overdoses.

The group calculates that the chance of dying from an opioid overdose has increased to 1 in 96, surpassing the odds of dying in a auto accident, at 1 in 103.

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While these drugs are meant to help relieve pain, synthetic opioids "tend to be highly potent" and are often illegally manufactured, the CDC warned on its website. "These data show the gravity of the crisis".

In 2017, more than 169,000 preventable deaths were reported, up 5.3 percent from 2016, says the council. 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. "For too long, avoidable deaths and also injuries have been called 'crashes, ' indicating certain acts of God or fate that we are powerless to stop". In 2017, deaths from accidental overdoses reached an all-time high, topping 70,000.

To keep the public up to date on the latest injury and fatality trends, the Council has added "Poisonings", "Older Adult Falls", "Fire-Related Fatalities and Injuries", and "Deaths by Transportation Mode" to Injury Facts.

In the most recent example of its impact, police in Chico, Calif., said one person died and more than a dozen people were sent to hospitals following a mass drug overdose at a home, reports CNN.

They also analysed the likelihood of death from other preventable injuries and determined the rates of death from falls was 1 in 114 and death from suicide was 1 in 88, making it the most likely reason for death from preventable injury.