The National Safety Council reported in January that, for the first time on record, the odds of dying from an unintentional opioid overdose in a given lifetime (1 in 96) are greater than the lifetime odds of dying in a motor vehicle-related crash (1 in 103).
On average, 52 people die every day in the United States as a result of
prescription opioid overdoses, and statistics show that prescription
painkillers such as Oxycontin, Percocet and Vicodin account for more drug
overdoses than heroin and cocaine combined.
The National Safety Council states that overdoses -- mostly from prescription opioid painkillers such as Vicodin, Oxycontin and morphine -- are the leading cause of unintentional death among adults ages 25-64.