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Drug Overdoses Spur Rise in Accidental Deaths, Says Report
NBC News

Accidental deaths are up in the United States, and the leading cause may surprise many people: It’s drug overdoses, according to a new report.

Drug overdose deaths have doubled in the past 14 years and now more people die from accidental overdoses than in road accidents in most U.S. states, the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation find in their report issued Wednesday.

Injuries kill 193,000 Americans a year and they are the leading cause of death for people aged up to 44, the report finds.