Overdose Deaths Surpass MVA Fatalities (1/18)

Deaths Surpass Motor Vehicle Fatalities in Missouri

January 8, 2018

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — In 2010, drug overdoses surpassed motor vehicle accidents as a cause of death in Missouri. The highway and vehicle safety lessons learned throughout the last half century can provide a structure for addressing the drug- and opioid-induced spike in deaths contributing to the recent decrease in average life expectancy nationwide, according to a new fact sheet from the Missouri Hospital Association.

“Improvements in roadway design and maintenance, driver education, licensing and vehicle inspection, and additional safety equipment — like seat belts in cars — have significantly increased the safety of driving since they were adopted in the 1960s,” said Herb B. Kuhn, MHA President and CEO. “Similarly, strategic and systemwide investments in public health and safety — with strong partnerships between government, providers and community partners — could help reduce the skyrocketing rate of drug-related deaths in Missouri and nationwide.”

Click here to continue reading.