The worsening opioid epidemic continues to impact daily life in this country. A new analysis conducted by the National Safety Council found that Americans are more likely to die from an opioid overdose than they are from a car wreck.
The analysis, titled “Injury Facts”, looked at 2017’s preventable injury and fatality statistics, as reported by the Nation Center for Health Statistics, a division of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to the report, the lifetime odds of dying from an unintentional opioid poisoning are 1 in 96. For comparison, the odds of being killed a car crash are 1 in 103.
The Most Dangerous Opioid
In 2017, 2 out of every 3 drug deaths involved opioids—over 49,000 lives lost to heroin, prescription painkillers such as Vicodin and OxyContin, and with increasing frequency, illicitly-produced fentanyl. In fact, this ultra-powerful synthetic opioid has become the major force behind the drug crisis. In the last three years alone, the number of fatal overdoses involving fentanyl skyrocketed 540%.
Significantly, the CDC made a recent announcement that fentanyl has surpassed heroin as the single deadliest drug threat in the country. For example, in 2016, fentanyl was involved in 29% of all overdose deaths, up from 4% in 2011. The tragic final tally for 2016 was 18,335 fatal fentanyl overdoses versus 15,961 deaths from heroin.
In part, the Safety Council’s official statement read, “The nation’s opioid crisis is fueling the Council’s grim probabilities, and that crisis is worsening with an influx of illicit fentanyl.”
What Does This Mean for the Residents of Orange County?
As bad as the opioid overdose crisis is elsewhere, it may be an even bigger issue in Southern California.
Through the first ten months of 2018, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department confiscated over 27 pounds of fentanyl. To put that in perspective, that is enough to kill about 6 million people—almost TWICE the county’s population.
And perhaps the biggest reason why the fentanyl risk in Orange County is so high is because of the nearby southern border, where three-fourths of all fentanyl seizures are made.
The best way to protect both yourself and the people you care about from the disease of opioid addiction and the risk of fatal overdose is to seek help from trained specialists. In Southern California, your best resource is Chapman House Treatment Centers.
Since 1978, Chapman House has offered individuals and families in crisis premiere addiction and mental health services in Orange County. By using a unique evidence-based approach, Chapman can help you successfully and safely regain your sobriety.
For more information and to get the help and support you need, contact Chapman House TODAY.