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Opioid Related Motor Vehicle Accidents

April 23, 2019

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that Prescription Opioids are a larger contributor to fatal motor vehicle accidents. Drivers involved in fatal accidents were almost twice as likely to have taken Prescription Opioids as the non-initiators of the crashes. 


In the study, there were more than 1,400 drivers who tested positive for Prescription Opioids.

     31.7% - Hydrocodone

     26.6% - Morphine

     18.5% - Oxycodone

     14.3% - Methadone

      8.9% - OTHER

Drivers with a heightened risk were those under the age of 35 and older than 65.


The data from the study  of more than 18,000 fatal 2-car accidents from 1993- to  2016 showed the most common driving errors as:

     41% - Veering

     25% - Yielding the Right of Way

     17% - Speeding


According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, motor vehicle accidents now rank as the 2nd leading cause of unintentional deaths in the United States. The concern about "Drugged Driving" have grown during the current Opioid Crisis. More studies are shifting their focus from Alcohol fatalities to Prescription Opioid fatalities.


SOURCE: Quest Diagnostics

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