Americans more likely to die from opioid overdose today than car accident

By | January 17, 2019

Americans are more likely to die from accidental opioid overdoses today than from car crashes, according to a study released Monday from the National Safety Council.

is going down as the number of fatal opioid overdoses rise, with those born in 2017 expected to live to be 78.6 years old. Babies born in 2016 have a 1.2 month higher life expectancy.

“(The study) illustrates the opioid crisis in a way that people can look at it,” Vogel said. She added it’s a way for consumers to be conscious and make necessary changes.

The NSC noted the study is a composite of statistical averages divided by the U.S. population and doesn’t show the chances of death for a particular person. Odds are affected by a person’s external activities, such as where they live, drive and work.

Additionally, they’re lifetime odds, which are calculated by dividing the life expectancy of a person born in 2017.

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