For the first time in US history, Americans’ odds of dying from an accidental opioid overdose are higher than from a motor vehicle crash, a according to a new report on preventable deaths.
Americans now have a 1 in 96 chance of dying from an opioid overdose, according to an analysis by the National Safety Council (NSC) using 2017 data on accidental deaths.
The NSC, a health advocacy group, said the probability of dying in a motor vehicle crash is 1 in 103.
While the leading causes of death in the US are heart disease (1 in 6 chance) and cancer (1 in 7), the rising overdose numbers are part of distressing trend NSC has tracked.
Respiratory disease and overall accidents were the third and fourth causes of mortality in the US.
“The nation’s opioid crisis is fueling the Council’s grim probabilities, and that crisis is worsening with an influx of illicit fentanyl,” the council said in a statement released Monday.
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