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What Causes More Deaths in Washington: Car Accidents or Drugs?

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Surprisingly, drugs now cause more fatalities in Washington state than do injury car accidents.  For decades, vehicle accidents have been the leading cause of injury-related deaths in Washington state.  But drug overdoses have now pulled ahead.

According to Margaret Warner of the CDC people view car accidents as something that might happen to them.  But death from a drug overdose is something people rarely believe will happen to them.  However, that statistics are proving otherwise.  Cocaine and heroin continue to be significant killers, but most of the increase is due to prescription opiates like methadone, Oxycontin and Vicodin.

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