Overdose and Car Accidents Top the List of Preventable DeathsJuly 22, 2019
Every year, the National Safety Council (NSC) compiles a list of states that have the lowest and highest rates of preventable deaths using data from the National Center for Health Statistics. The NSC found that California had the lowest rate of preventable deaths, while West Virginia had the highest. Maryland was listed as fourth for the lowest preventable death rates. Car accidents continue to be at the top of the list for preventable deaths. However, for the first time in U.S. history, accidental opioid overdoses are responsible for more deaths than motor vehicle accidents.
According to the president and CEO of the NSC, every three minutes, someone is fatally injured in this country from preventable accidents. By gaining a better understanding of the leading causes of preventable deaths in each state, lawmakers and safety advocates can develop a more effective approach toward policies and protections. This will help keep residents safe and protected against fatal accidents.
The NSC urges states to make it a priority to develop prevention strategies as preventable injuries are the third leading cause of death in this country. In addition, the number of preventable deaths increases in the second half of the year, so it is crucial that safety advocates prioritize their prevention strategies accordingly.
Steps to Avoid Preventable Deaths
Demographics and population density are among the many examples of factors that contribute to preventable death rates in each state. When it comes to accidental deaths caused by car accidents and accidental opioid overdoses, the NSC urges states to take the following steps:
- Mandate prescription education
- Implement more effective prescribing guidelines
- Improve data collection and sharing
- Integrate prescription drug monitoring programs into clinical settings
- Increase access to naloxone to treat opioid overdoses
- Increase availability of medication-assisted treatment programs
- Enforce existing laws that are effective at preventing common roadway fatalities, including drunk driving, speeding, and distracted driving
- Encourage the use of life-saving technology, such as advanced driver assistance systems that help reduce human error
- Create a positive safety culture that prioritizes safety through incorporating infrastructure designs that remove common hazards from the driving environment
- Follow the blueprint outlines in the 2018 Road to Zero Report, which offers a wide range of strategies aimed at eliminating roadway deaths in the United States by 2050
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