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We Are Now More Likely To Die From An Opioid Overdose Than A Car Accident

When I read that headline, I literally got the chills. Take a minute and really let it sink in. It is unbelievable.

The finding comes from the National Safety Council, which analyzed preventable injury and fatality stats from 2017. The research also tells us that the lifetime odds of death from an opioid overdose were greater than the risk of death from falls, pedestrian incidents, drowning and fire.

The NSC is telling us that the lifetime odds of dying from an accidental opioid overdose were 1 in 96. For motor vehicle accidents, the odds were 1 in 103 and 1 in 114 for falls. The lifetime odds of suicide were actually greater, 1 in 88.

2017 also saw an increase in overall preventable injury deaths. The year had 169,936 – an increase of 5.3% from the year before and a 96% spike compared to the figures in 1992!

Last month the CDC told us that life expectancy in the US declined from 2016-2017 because of increased drug overdoses and suicides. Overdose deaths reached a new high in 2017 (over 70,000), which the suicide rate increased by 3.7%. Illegally manufactured fentanyl was thought to be the driving force.

Usually I like to keep things upbeat and happy, but this is not OK. This is a huge eye opener!

Danielle Tufano

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