Americans more likely to die from opioids than car crashes

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(WKBN) – A grim analysis from the National Safety Council found Americans are now more likely to die from an accidental opioid overdose than from a car crash.

This marks the first time in U.S. history that the likelihood of accidentally dying from opioids surpassed the likelihood of dying in a crash.

According to the analysis, the odds of dying from an accidental opioid overdose are now one in 96. The odds of dying in a car crash are one in 103. 

“Sixty people die every day as a result of overdoses from opioids,” the NSC says on its website. “In a year, that’s 22,630 deaths, a total roughly equal to the population of a small town.”

The NSC says even though people know opioids are addictive, they still don’t understand how addictive they are. 

“Too many people still believe the opioid crisis is abstract and will not impact them. Many still do not see it as a major threat to them or their family,” a spokeswoman said in a statement released to CNN.

The organization found nine out of ten opioid painkiller users are not concerned about addiction, but 60 percent reported at least one addiction risk factor.

“These data show the gravity of the crisis. We have known for some time that opioid overdose is an everyday killer, and these odds illustrate that in a very jarring way,” the spokeswoman said.

The analysis found people are also more likely to die from an opioid overdose than from a fall, drowning or choking on food.

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