“Think you’re likely to die in a plane crash or train wreck? Think again. According to a new report on preventable deaths from the National Safety Council, Americans are more likely to die from an accidental opioid overdose than either of these outcomes — and it’s even more likely than a motor vehicle accident or simply falling over.
For the first time in U.S. history, Americans now have a 1 in 96 chance of accidentally dying from an opioid overdose, making it the leading cause of preventable death in the nation. The second leading cause meanwhile, motor vehicle crashes, has a probability of 1 in 103.
These odds are followed by falling, with a 1 in 114 chance, while the odds of dying while in a plane (1 in 188,364) or on a train (1 in 243,765) are far more remote.”
Source: Fortune.com – January 14, 2019
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