The odds of dying from an opioid overdose are now 1 in 96. Car accidents are 1 in 103.
The National Safety Council has released statistics showing that, in the United States, the odds of dying from an opioid overdose now surpass those of dying from a motor vehicle accident. The opioid crisis has been occupying headlines for years, as more and more Americans are personally affected. CNN reported over 58,000 opioid fatalities in 2017, as fentanyl and other more potent–and lethal–synthetic opioids surge in use.
Toward the end of 2018, Congress successfully passed legislation to address the crisis. However, thousands of American communities continue to face a grim reality in the grip of this epidemic. For decades, the U.S. has treated addiction as a criminal issue, an approach that critics and officials now see as problematic.
For decades, the U.S. has treated addiction as a criminal issue, an approach that critics and officials are now see as problematic. Internationally, the use of a medical and decriminalization approach has seen success, though not without controversy.
In 2017, wildfires tore through California, causing billions in damage, only to be surpassed by the 2018 Camp Fire, which began in Paradise, Calif., and went on to cause an estimated $16.5 billion damage. The 2017 wildfire season in California resulted in 17 devastating outbreaks. State firefighting officials have identified the aging and malfunctioning power lines of utility company Pacific Gas and Electric as responsible for at least 1,550 wildfires up to the end of 2017, according to reporting from the Wall Street Journal.
PG&E is now facing billions in liability resulting from their role in some of the deadliest and costliest natural disasters in U.S. history. The company is filing for bankruptcy as their CEO, Geisha Williams, steps down. The consequences of a massive utility company going under are potentially serious.
However, moving forward, those affected by wildfires linked to PG&E remain in an unimaginably difficult situation. Support from NGOs has proven vital in both the wildfire fight, as well in the ongoing recovery.