Accidental Opioid Overdose Kills More Americans Than Car Crashes: Here’s Some Reasons Why

One out of every 96 Americans will die from an opioid overdose, according to a 2017 report released by the National Safety Council, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to “eliminate preventable deaths.” 

The odds of dying from an opioid overdose have surpassed the one in 103 chance of dying in a motor vehicle accident. America is in the midst of a opioid crisis that is responsible for more than 130 deaths a day.

“It’s devastating especially when you put a face to the deaths,” said Carter.

On Friday Sara Carter reacted to this news on Sirius XM’s Breitbart News Daily with Alex Marlow.

“It’s devastating especially when you put a face to the deaths,” said Carter.

“If we hear the numbers you know that you have a one in a 103 chance of dying in a motor vehicle crash over your lifetime but a one in 96 chance of actually dying of an opioid overdose,” added Carter. 

According to official statement by the Council “The nation’s opioid crisis is fueling the Council’s grim probabilities, and that crisis is worsening with an influx of illicit fentanyl.”

What is Fentanyl and where does it come from?

Fentanyl is a highly-potent synthetic opioid that is responsible for highest number of opioid overdose deaths in America. A dose equivalent to four grains of salt is enough to kill an average adult.

Carter explained to Marlow that the majority of Fentanyl and Heroin comes from China and Mexico. The drug cartels have created a market in the U.S. and “the drug cartels have amassed hundreds of billions of dollars in narcotics sales as well as human trafficking and other issues associated with their nefarious actions,” she said.

Carter recently produced a documentary through her non-profit The Dark Wire Investigation Foundation, titled “Not In Vein.”  The film highlights the complexities of the opioid crisis. The documentary takes viewers on a journey from the American families who have lost loved ones and into the horrific actions the drug cartels take to ensure the contraband is marketed in the U.S.

View the film at

According to the National Institute on Drug Misuse, the economic burden of the opioid epidemic has reached $78.5 billion.