For the first time in U.S. history, you’re statistically more likely to die from an opioid overdose than you are in a car crash.
Researchers say Americans now have a 1 in 96 chance of dying from an opioid overdose, as opposed to 1 in 103 in a car accident.
Even worse, they say opioid-related overdoses have been under-counted by as much as 35 percent.
The leading cause of death in the U.S. is still heart disease at a 1 in 6 chance, followed closely by cancer at 1 in 7.
It’s also been noted that the odds of dying from a preventable, unintentional injury have gone up over the past 15 years, making it the third leading cause behind cancer and heart disease.