Overdoses surpass car accidents as cause of death in the United States…
According to a report by the National Safety Council, opioid overdoses have surpassed car crashes as one of the leading causes of death in the United States is opioid overdoses.
The leading cause of death in the U.S. is heart disease, with a 1 in 6 chance of dying from it, and cancer which has a 1 in 7 chance of killing Americans.
Overdoses overtook car accidents as the leading cause of death, as the probability of dying from an overdose is 1 in 96 in America, while the probably of dying in a car crash is 1 in 103.
Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, is the drug most responsible for overdose deaths.
Also troubling is the reporting of overdoses is thought to be under-reported by as much as 35 percent according to a study published by the journal Addiction.
According to government reports, 130 people died every day from drug overdoses in 2016 and 2017 combined. 42,249 people died from overdoses in 2017.
(STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent)