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Opioid Deaths Are Now More Common Than Car Crash Deaths In America

January 28, 2019

Americans are now more likely to die from opioid abuse than car crashes. New data from the National Safety Council (NSC) shows that the rate of opioid deaths has increased to 1 in 96 people, which is more than the 1 in 103 people who die from car crashes. Opioids, over the years, have been climbing quick on the list of highest causes of death in America and it has now overtaken deaths caused by car crashes.

Opioids are the most abused drugs in America and they do not discriminate. The reason is because opioids are over-prescribed by health care providers as painkillers. Many people know the opioid family by name brands like OxyContin, Percocet, and Vicodin.  Legally prescribed opioids are not the only factor causing the abuse in America. Heroin is a common non-prescribed opioid, which is a cheaper alternative found on the streets.

One of the most dangerous opiates killing Americans in large numbers is fentanyl. It is usually sold on the street but not as a drug of its own. Fentanyl is often used to lace or spike other drugs. Since drug dealing is illegal and unregulated; therefore, the doses of Fentanyl are not controlled. Addicts are typically unbothered about the possibility of buying heroin that’s laced with fentanyl in hopes to achieve a better high. In the end, drug dealers are selling poison while addicts continue to buy it. The cravings suppress any voice of reason that allow the user to consider their health.

As a result of the common use and abuse of opioids, 60 people die every day from opioids overdoses, which is about 22,630 Americans yearly. Jay Jonas, a former recovered opioid user explained the epidemic on ”Fox & Friends”.

Opioids are not the highest cause of death in America, heart disease is still the number cause of deaths killing 1 in 6 people, followed by cancer which kills 1 in 7 people. Next is chronic lower respiratory disease, killing 1 in 27 people and suicide which kills 1 in 88 people, followed by opioid-related deaths. This statistics may not remain this way for long if nothing wholly effective is done about the opioid epidemic.

Jay, being a recovered addict has a first-hand experience of the opioid epidemic. It may start from using prescription opioids, which are addictive, but often times, patients end up being addicted. They continue to ask for prescription opioids, but at some point, they will no longer have access to prescription opioids because their medical conditions have gotten better and can’t be used as an excuse to get opioids. Their health may have gotten better but using opioids over a period of time has altered their brains and they have developed a dependency on opioids, so, they have to continue using it.

If you notice that you still feel like using your painkillers even after you no longer feel any pain or someone you know uses painkillers too often without a prescription, it may be time to visit a recovery center.