You are more likely to die from an overdose than a car accident.
You read that right. From 1999-2017, almost 400,000 people died from overdoses involving an opioid, including prescription drugs, heroin, or synthetic drugs like fentanyl, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
As a nation, we used to be worried about getting into automobile accidents as the most common unnatural way to meet our Maker. But now opioids have taken the lead. According to the New York Times, “The opioid crisis in the United States has become so grim that Americans are now likelier to die of an overdose than in a vehicle crash. That’s according to a new report by the National Safety Council that analyzed the causes of preventable deaths in the country in 2017. The probability of dying from an opioid overdose, according to the report, is one in 96. The chances of dying in a vehicle crash? One in 103.”
So, it would appear that the only ones who are benefitting from this man-made crisis are the pharmaceutical companies and the companies that distribute them. Although most doctors were fooled into believing opioids were ok for all pain the unethical doctors made out like bandits as well. The rest of us are experiencing the trauma and the adverse effects that ripple throughout society. Two thousand pounds of steel and glass are now less likely to kill than a small pill.