Did You Know? Opioid Overdoses Surpass Motor Vehicle Crashes as the Leading Cause of Accidental Death in the U.S.
The nation’s opioid crisis has reached new and alarming heights. The National Safety Council (NSC) has recently reported that the odds of accidental death from an opioid overdose have surpassed motor vehicle crashes as a leading cause of death.
According to this grim report, the lifetime odds of dying from an accidental opioid overdose are one in 96. NSC has noted in this report that this crisis is worsening with an influx of illicit fentanyl.
The odds of dying from an opioid overdose as reported by the NSC are statistical averages. The odds that any particular individual will suffer an opioid overdose are affected by their behaviors. Avoidance of opioids is of course the surest way to avoid overdose, but for the countless people who struggle with opioid addiction and dependency treatment is recommended. Medication assisted treatment has been shown in scientific studies to be the most effective form of treatment in reducing overdose deaths and sustaining recovery.
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