The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) is beginning to take a glance at accidents associated to electric scooters, as per media. The current study, issued at the request of transportation and health officials in Texas, follows as elevated inspection has been paid to the several injuries that take place on the shareable machines. The CDC verified to the media that it is performing the research.
The research is being supervised by the manager of the Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit, Jeff Taylor, with Austin Public Health. He is joined by 3 epidemiologists from the CDC who will aim on harsh injuries that took place in Austin to e-scooter users. The research has already finished the data gathering procedure and is now being reviewed for a concluding report.
Early observations from the research discovered that the majority of injuries took place to users who were not using helmets. Almost 50% of all users involved in accidents had a blood-alcohol level more than the lawful limit and 52% tested positive for employment of an illegal substance.
On a related note, the CDC earlier proclaimed that the U.S. has witnessed a death of more than 72,000 individuals because of the increased drug overdose cases in 2017. This number is said to be up almost 7% higher from the preliminary data of 2016 from the CDC.
The 2017 groundwork death count for all 50 states and the District of Columbia demonstrates a twofold raise over a decade. The report proclaimed that the 2017 data might be an underestimate as states’ research into several overdose deaths might not be complete. Opioids include prescribed painkillers along with heroin and other banned synthetic opioid drugs. The report indicates that these opioids added about 49,068 individuals’ death to the total number of overdose casualties.