Odds of Dying From Opioid Overdose Now Greater Than Vehicle Crash Death
Americans are more likely to die of an accidental opioid overdose than a motor vehicle crash for the first time in U.S. history, according to the National Safety Council.
A variety of drugs and drug combinations carry the risk of fatal overdose. Emergency protocol for any suspected overdose includes calling 911. However, in the case of opioids, which includes heroin and prescription pain medications like Vicodin, OxyContin and Percocet, naloxone (also known by the brand name Narcan) can reverse an overdose, potentially saving a loved one’s life.