100 Days in Appalachia, The Good Men Project – The numbers are now frighteningly familiar: More than a million Americans dead from a drug overdose in the past two decades. More than 100,000 of those deaths came in 2021, in the middle of a global health crisis.
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Americans are now more likely to die of an accidental opioid overdose than in a car accident. But cars would kill 15,000 more people a year were it not for seatbelts – something required by the federal government to be placed in every new car since 1968.
Seatbelts, helmet laws and airbags are what are known as harm reduction strategies. They reduce the negative consequences of risky behavior and have been almost universally accepted in the U.S. as ways to save lives.
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