OPIOID OVERDOSES SURPASS ROADWAY ACCIDENTS AS A LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN U.S.
- January 14, 2019
We are all aware of the dangers of getting behind the wheel of a car. Once you set out on the freeway, you are susceptible to having a great time traveling and facing a potential disaster at the hands of intoxicated people. However, did you ever imagine that pain medication would beat out roadway accidents as a leading cause of death in our country? According to statistics, the Opioid Crisis has gotten so out of hand that people have a greater chance of dying from opioid overdoses than dying in traumatic, catastrophic motor vehicle accidents. So, how did this situation get so out of hand? Let’s take a closer look at this grim situation and find out some more information.
Dire Circumstances and Dangerous Seas Ahead
In a recent report issued on Monday, January 14, 2019, the National Safety Council sadly confirmed that the circumstances surrounding the opioid epidemic have not only failed to improve but are slowly getting worse. In the statement, officials revealed that the average American citizen has a 1 in 96 chance of dying from an opioid overdose, in contrast to a 1 in 103 chances of losing their lives in a car accident. However, the situation is not necessarily worsening due to an influx of opioid prescriptions. In fact, as the council has pointed out, one of the biggest culprits is fentanyl.
A Disturbing Chain of Events
In a December 2018 report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that fentanyl is now the biggest contributor to drug-related deaths in our country. Even more disturbing, this finding may only be one piece of the larger trouble. One study from Addiction (a journal) has reviewed how an estimated 35% of opioid-related deaths have yet to be reported. So, we may not even fully know the severity of our Opioid Crisis yet. Nowadays, the chance of death has boosted over 15 years due to the overflow of these dangerous drugs and residual health problems (including incurable diseases).
Seeking Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
The Opioid Crisis is the most dangerous health epidemic since HIV/AIDS first broke out in our country, and the problem will only get worse unless people take action now. Work as hard as you can to ensure you, your friends, and loved ones are not the next victims of these potentially life-threatening drugs. If you are suffering from opioid abuse or addiction of any sort, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process detox and withdrawal and guide you through each step of the rehabilitation process to help you separate yourself from these substances.
If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can overcome your attachment to opioids and take an essential step against the Opioid Crisis.