In the US, the National Safety Council (NSC) has published data purporting to show that accidents killed 161,374 people in 2016. This, says the NSC, is a “record high” and means that accidents are now the third leading cause of death in the country, after heart disease and cancer.
This is a rise of 10% year-on-year, the biggest single year rise since 1936.
The increase is partly explained, says the NSC, by a significant spike in the numbers of opioid overdose deaths, to 37,814.
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