The risk of death from opioid overdose outweighs the risk of motor vehicle accidents in the United States

The sad result comes from the National Security Council which analyzed the preventable statistics on injury and mortality from 2017.

The NSC also found that the chances of death over lifetime for this form of overdose were greater than the risk of death from falls, pedestrian accidents, drowning and fire.

Examining a variety of federal and state data, the NSC found that the odds of dying from an accidental opiate overdose were 1 in 96. For car accidents, the odds were 1 in 103 and 1 in 114 for falls. The odds of suicide of all life were greater, at 1 in 88.

The NSC emphasizes, however, that the quotas shown are statistical averages over the entire US population and do not necessarily reflect the probability of death for a particular person from a given external cause. They are also quotas for life, based on the division of one-year shares for the life expectancy of a person born in 2017.

In 2017 the deaths for preventable injuries were 169.936, with an increase of 5.3% compared to the previous year and a 96% increase compared to the 1992 figures.

The organization aims to highlight these numbers in an attempt to help prevent future deaths from preventable causes.

"For too long, preventable deaths and injuries have been termed" accidents ", which imply ineluctable actions of God or of the destiny that we are not able to stop.This simply is not true," he wrote. "In the United States, preventable injuries are at historic highs."

Comparing the 2017-2016 period, domestic and public deaths have seen a sharp increase of 6% or more determined largely by an increase of 11% of poisoning deaths (including opioid overdoses) and an increase in 5% of the autumn deaths (mainly among the elderly population).

In 2018, the involuntary injury was found to be the leading cause of death in the United States, with more than 61,000 people aged 1 to 44 years dying from this cause in 2016 – nearly twice as many as cancer and heart disease combined . According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these deaths were primarily the result of car accidents and unintentional poisonings.
Last month, the CDC reported that life expectancy in the United States declined from 2016 to 2017 due to an increase in overdoses and suicides. One study also found that an increasing number of children and adolescents in the United States are dying of opioid poisoning.

"What started more than 2 decades ago as a public health problem mainly among young and middle-aged white males is now a prescription epidemic and illicit abuse of opioids that is affecting all segments of American society" , the researchers wrote.

Overdose deaths reached a new high in 2017, exceeding 70,000, while the suicide rate increased by 3.7%, according to the National Center for Health Statistics of the CDC. The illegally produced fentanyl has been suggested as the driving force.

From 2013 to 2017, overdose mortality rates increased in 35 of the 50 states and DC, with significant increases in synthetic opioid mortality rates reported in 15 of the 20 states, the CDC said in a previous statement.

A separate December report found that in 2016, fentanyl exceeded heroin as the most commonly used drug in overdose deaths in the United States.

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