(Natural News) If someone asked you to name the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, what would say? For many of us, the most obvious answer would be motor vehicle accidents. After all, virtually every American in the country spends time in a car or bus every day. If that was your answer, however, you would be wrong. The actual leading cause of not only accidental deaths, but all deaths in Americans under the age of 50 is drug overdose, in most cases, as the result of opioid addiction.
The opioid epidemic has been reported on so extensively that it almost feels like "old news." The reality is incredibly shocking, however, and we cannot allow ourselves to become numb to the facts. This is a crisis that affects rich, poor, black, white and Hispanic, the old and the young. And it is growing at an alarming rate. According to CBS News, the number of overdose deaths rose a stunning 19 percent in just one year between 2015 and 2016, and that number has continued to skyrocket ever since.