National Safety Council: Opioid Related Deaths Continue to Grow

The opioid crisis is a national problem and every day someone from your community could be at risk.

New numbers from the National Safety Council say that American’s odds of dying from an accidental opioid overdose are now 1 in 96.

The National Safety Council also found the odds of dying from an opioid-related car crash were 1 in 103.

That high death rate is greater than the risk of death from falls, pedestrian incidents, drowning and fire.

The growing problem impacts people from all backgrounds and lifestyles.

“I think we learned that it started off as prescriptions and pains for surgeries… and then maybe they were taking too high of a dose for too long and the next thing they know they’re addicted to it,” says addictions counselor, Courtney Whitney.

The main goal is to educate people of all ages about addiction because your neighbor or even a family member could be suffering.