hand lying on the floor with drugs on its palm | the dangers of opioid overdose in coloradoDid you know that Americans’ risk of dying from an opioid overdose is higher than their risk of dying in a car accident? According to the National Safety Council, Americans have a 1 in 96 chance of dying in an opioid overdose, compared to just a 1 in 103 chance of dying in a crash. In 2017, more than 49,000 people died from opioid overdoses. This is why many health and safety experts believe that the opioid crisis we are facing is a true national emergency. 

The Dangers of Opioid Overdose in Colorado

This is just an example that showcases the dangers of opioid overdose in Colorado: according to reports, in 2017, there were 578 opioid overdose deaths in Colorado alone. In fact, Colorado providers wrote nearly 53 opioid prescriptions for every 100 persons that year. From 2010 to 2017, heroin overdoses increased nearly fivefold from 46 fatalities in 2010 to nearly 225 in 2017. In the same time period, deaths from other opioids doubled. 

In addition to dying from an overdose, being under the influence of opioids can increase your risk of getting into a serious and fatal car accident. Studies show that driving while taking opioids actually doubles your risk of getting into an accident. When you mix alcohol with opioids, even in small amounts, your risk of getting into a fatal car accident increases even more significantly. 

A study conducted by Columbia University found that drivers who caused two-car fatal crashes were 2x more likely to be under the influence of a prescription opioid at the time of the crash. In 1993, the proportion of crashes caused by drivers under the influence of opioids was just 2%. By 2016, that number had more than tripled to 7.1% of all drivers. 

According to the study, among the 1,467 drivers who tested positive for prescription opioids in the fatal crash, 32% tested positive for hydrocodone, 27% tested positive for morphine, 19% tested positive for oxycodone, 14% tested positive for methadone, and 9% tested positive for other prescription opioids. 

Contact Our Denver Car Accident Lawyers

Paysinger Law, P.C.If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident with a drugged driver, it is important to contact an experienced Denver car accident attorney immediately. Proving that a driver was under the influence of drugs at the time of the accident, isn’t easy. However, having an experienced law firm on your side every step of the way can drastically improve your chances of collecting the money you need to fully recover. Call the Denver car accident attorneys at Paysinger Law, P.C. today. Our law firm offers FREE case consultations and can be reached at 303.279.0221.

 

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