Americans Are More Likely To Die Of Opioids Than Car Accident
Due to a report from the National Safety Council Americans are now for the first time more likely to die of an opioid overdose than in a car crash.
According to CNN, data from 2017 shows that Americans have a one in 96 chance of dying from an opioid overdose, higher than the one in 103 probability of dying in a car crash.
Maureen Vogal, spokeswoman for the National Safety Council said via email,
Too many people still believe the opioid crisis is abstract and will not impact them. Many still do not see it as a major threat to them or their family. These data show the gravity of the crisis. We have known for some time that opioid overdose is an everyday killer, and these odds illustrate that in a very jarring way.
The NSC data also showed that heart disease is still the most likely cause of death in the U.S., with a probability of one in six, followed by cancer at one in seven, chronic lower respiratory disease at one in 27, and suicide at one in 88, before getting to opioid overdose and car crash.
Some 60 people die every day in the U.S. from an overdose of opioids, which are the most fatally abused drugs.