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On Jan. 14, the National Safety Council released a new analysis stating that for the first time in U.S. history, a person is more likely to die from an accidental opioid overdose than from a motor vehicle crash. The odds of dying accidentally from an opioid overdose have risen to one in 96, eclipsing the odds of dying in a motor vehicle crash (one in 103).

Stefan Kertesz, M.D., an addiction specialist and professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine is available to provide comment on this new data. 

Areas of expertise:

  • Opioids and drug policy
  • Access to quality addiction/medical care for homeless and other underserved populations
  • Development of health professionals to address unmet health needs among disadvantaged populations
  • Natural history and consequences of substance misuse in adults