According to research revealed recently from the NSC (National Safety Council), Americans are more tend to die from unintended opioid overdoses than from car crashes. The panel examined deaths and preventable injuries occurred in 2017 and discovered the odds of fatality by accidental opioid overdose is 1 in 96, whereas, the odds of a motor vehicle accident 1 in 103. However, the lifespan odds of death due to suicide stay higher at 1 in 88. Maureen Vogel—Spokesperson for the NSC—stated, “Many of our concerns are misplaced and we are worried due to the wrong things, such as earthquakes and plane crashes. Those are absolutely terrifying incidents, but they are very rare and improbable to influence someone in the course of a lifetime.”
Vogel further added that Americans must be more aware of risks that occur with daily activities. The odds of getting killed from an unintentional overdose are also complex than the odds of dying from choking (1 in 2,696), drowning (1 in 1,117), pedestrian incidents (1 in 556), gun assaults (1 in 285), and falls (1 in 114). According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), on an average almost 130 Americans die daily subsequent to an overdose of opioids. In the last year, 70,237 fatalities were happened owing to an overdose of drug—of which opioids is the main cause—as per to last December’s CDC report. The CDC also stated that the nationwide life expectancy rate is reducing as the number of lethal opioid overdoses increase, with those who are born in 2017 the anticipated to live is to be 78.6 Years old.
Recently, the CDC was also in news as researchers find potential link amid opioids and birth defect. Health executives are looking into a likely connection amid the prescription opioids and a terrible birth flaw. When a newborn is having its intestines hanging exterior the stomach, as a result of a hole in the abdominal wall is known as gastroschisis. Most of such cases are repaired with the help of surgery. Around 1,800 such cases are observed in the U.S. every year and the numbers have been soaring.