The impact of the ongoing opioid epidemic continues to be felt. According to a brand-new analysis conducted by the National Safety Council, Americans are now more likely to die of an opioid overdose than they are from an automobile crash.
The analysis, titled “Injury Facts”, was based on 2017’s preventable injury and fatality statistics, as reported by the Nation Center for Health Statistics. The NCHS is part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Per the report, the lifetime odds of dying due to an unintentional opioid overdose are 1 in 96. For comparison, there is a 1 in 103 chance of dying in a car wreck.
A New Top Drug Threat
In 2017, over two-thirds of all drug overdoses were due to opioids. That works out to more than 49,000 deaths from heroin, prescription painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin, and increasingly, illicitly-made fentanyl. In fact, this super-powerful synthetic opioid is now the driving force behind the still-worsening drug crisis. In the last three years, the number of overdose deaths in America involving fentanyl jumped by well over 500%.
This is why the CDC recently announced that fentanyl has replaced heroin as the single largest drug threat in America. In 2016, fentanyl accounted for 29% of all fatal overdoses, up from just 4% in 2011. The final tragic tally for 2016 was 18,335 fentanyl deaths versus 15,961 heroin deaths.
Part of the Safety Council’s statement read, “The nation’s opioid crisis is fueling the Council’s grim probabilities, and that crisis is worsening with an influx of illicit fentanyl.”
What Does This Mean for San Diego Residents?
As bad as the problem is elsewhere, it may be an even issue in Southern California. Since 2012, the number of fatal overdoses involving fentanyl in San Diego County has spiked 700%.
The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the horrors of opioid addiction and the risk of overdose is to seek specialized professional help. And in Southern California, your best, most-trusted resource is Lasting Recovery, a premier outpatient drug rehab program. By offering an award-winning combination of addiction and mental health services, Lasting Recovery can help you safely and successfully regain your sobriety.
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