Drug deaths now outnumber traffic fatalities in U.S.

Amy S.B. Bohnert, assistant professor of psychiatry, was quoted in an L.A. Times article that analyzed recent data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and found that deaths due to drug overdoses now exceed motor vehicle fatalities.  This shift is largely attributable to increases in deaths due to overdoses of prescription narcotics, particularly pain and anxiety medications.

“It’s a wonderful medical advancement that we can treat pain,” Bohnert said. “But we haven’t figured out the safety belt yet.”

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