ITASCA, Ill. (WSYX/WTTE) — Americans are now more likely to die from an opioid overdose than a motor vehicle crash according to a new analysis from the National Safety Council.
The odds of dying from an opioid overdose have risen to one in 96, greater than the odds of dying in a crash, one in 103, per the council.
"We’ve made significant strides in overall longevity in the United States, but we are dying from things typically called accidents at rates we haven’t seen in half a century,” said Ken Kolosh, manager of statistics at the National Safety Council. “We cannot be complacent about 466 lives lost every day. This new analysis reinforces that we must consistently prioritize safety at work, at home and on the road to prevent these dire outcomes.”
Behind opioid overdoses and crashes, the council says the third leading cause of preventable death is accidental falls. The lifetime odds of dying from an accidental fall are one in 114, up from one in 119 a year ago.
The National Safety Council added that all preventable injuries now account for the third leading cause of death, trailing heart disease and cancer.
More details can be found on the council's website here.