“We’ve made significant strides in overall longevity in the United States, but we are dying from things typically called accidents at rates we haven’t seen in half a century,” said Ken Kolosh, manager of statistics at NSC. “We cannot be complacent about 466 lives lost every day. This new analysis reinforces that we must consistently prioritize safety at work, at home and on the road to prevent these dire outcomes.”
This new data means that opioid overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death, with motor vehicle crashes and accidental falls (one in 114) the second and third highest, respectively.
The NSC's analysis comes on the heels of other troubling news regarding opioids and opioid-related death. A new report published just before the end of 2018 in the journal JAMA Network Open revealed that nearly 9,000 pediatric deaths were attributed to opioids from 1999 through 2016 - a mortality rate that nearly tripled during the time span.