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Death from Accidental Opioid Overdose More Likely Than from a Motor Vehicle Crash

An analysis by the National Safety Council revealed that in 2017, for the first time in history, Americans are more likely to die from an accidental opioid overdose than a car crash.

In the midst of an opioid epidemic, the odds of dying from an accidental opioid overdose (1 in 96) officially surpassed the odds of dying in a motor vehicle crash (1 in 103), and falling (1 in 144). It is now the leading cause of death from a preventable injury.

In some cases, these deaths are the result of medical providers overprescribing or failing to properly monitor the prescribed opioids, making them preventable. Even as the government implements policies to curb the overprescribing of opioids, the death toll keeps rising. According to the report, there are 466 lives lost each day from an accidental opioid overdose.

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About this Author

Joel Rosenberg, Accident and Personal Injury, Stark and Stark, New Jersey

Joel R. Rosenberg is a Shareholder and member of the Accident & Personal Injury Group. For over 28 years, he has concentrated his practice in the area of personal injury. Mr. Rosenberg is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney and has been awarded a certificate in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Mr. Rosenberg is chair of the Board of Directors of Quilts for Kids, Inc., an organization which transforms discontinued designer fabrics into quilts to comfort children with...