For the first time ever, Americans’ odds of dying from an accidental opioid overdose are higher than from a motor vehicle crash, a data analysis finds. An analysis from the non-profit group National Safety Council, called Injury Facts, found the lifetime odds of dying by an accidental opioid overdose were 1 in 96, while the odds of dying by motor vehicle crash were 1 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,” read a statement from the NSC published Monday. The estimates used in the NSC analysis are based on 2017 mortality data from the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read this: Court records may detail how opioid company downplayed OxyContin risks The opioid epidemic has drawn the attention of federal and state lawmakers seeking solutions. 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. Authorities said they suspect fentanyl in that case. More than 49,000 people died due to… Read full this story
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