It is always a tragedy to lose a loved one, and it’s even more tragic to know it was through something that could have been prevented.
The National Safety Council released a report saying deaths due to preventable causes are up, with opioid overdoses being the leading preventable cause.
“We have services in this community that can help you. You just have to seek out the help. Hiding the addiction is not the answer. It’s getting the help you need,” Mary McPherson, Washington County Health Department, said.
Experts also said to be careful if you are pregnant and using Methadone to treat an addiction.
They said some newborns are fragile and are becoming addicted nevertheless.
“Some of them are dying, and we don’t want that. It’s really, really important that everyone in the family to be helping those babies thrive,” McPherson said.
Despite it being a continuing issue, Washington County has seen a decrease.
“Washington County, in general, has done an outstanding job of training, educating, distributing Nalaxone, and it seems to be helping a lot this year,” Barrack Commander Joe George, Maryland State Police, said.
The report also said the odds of an American dying in a vehicle accident is one in 112.
Maryland State Police said for the past few years they have an average of more than 500 fatal crashes per year.
“We’ve changed a lot of our terminology from traffic accidents to traffic crashes, because an accident implies that it’s unpreventable, but so many of these crashes are preventable,” George said.
The report said the biggest factors are due to not wearing a seatbelt, speeding or being impaired and being distracted when driving.
“Wear[ing] their seatbelt [is priority number one], and it [is] a measure that’s simple, but it will keep everybody safe. If you wear your seatbelt, and you’re in a car accident, you’ll have a much better chance of surviving that car accident. Make sure [your] passenger is wearing a seat belt and make sure that children are in appropriate car seats,” McPherson said.
“They are all behavioral choices that we make everyday when we are operating our cars. That can be life and death decisions,” George said.
The report said these preventable deaths have increased overall by 7 percent since 2014.