Happy New Year!

Be safe and have a prosperous 2018 from all of us at Martin Walker Law.

Ways To Stay Safe On The Road This New Year

While their are fewer overall driving deaths on New Years Eve and New Years Day than on some other holidays, the hours between 6pm on Dec 31st and 6am on Jan 1st are one of the most dangerous times to be on the road. The combination of holiday travel, late night parties, and alcohol push the number of crashes and driving related deaths during that period far higher than almost any other night of the year.
There are any number of statistics out there about how dangerous New Years driving is. You can find a good summary of the reasons not to be on the road during New Years here.
So, what's the best way to stay safe during the New Years holiday?

  • Don't drive unless you have to. Play it smart and stay off the roads.
  • Consider using a designated driver, cab service, or ride sharing service if do need to get somewhere, especially if you are coming home from a New Years party.
  • Above all, if you must drive this New Years, don't drive drunk.

From all of us at Martin Walker, P.C., we hope you have happy and safe new year.

5 Facts You Need to Know About the Opioid Epidemic

1. 64,000 lives have been claimed within the last year alone due to opioids.
Recent data has shown that within a 6-year period, nearly 200,000 people have died due to opioid addiction. This epidemic has its roots in corrupt pharmaceutical companies combined with unscrupulous pharmacies, and those who are responsible need to be held accountable for their actions.
2. Opioid doses are currently the leading cause of death for people under age 50.
This year, President Trump declared the opioid crisis a "public health emergency" in the United States. As opioid-dependent infants are increasing and children are gradually being found unconscious or dead in opioid-related incidents, the need for justice for these instances is paramount.
3. Construction and manufacturing workers are 5-10% more likely to use opioids than any other industry.
Two industries in the East Texas area have been hit the hardest. Due to the physical labor within these industries, many workers get hurt on the job and are in need of medication to relieve their pain. Unfortunately, these medications are highly addictive and harmful for long-term use.
4. The opioid epidemic could account for the 20% decline in the labor force participation (LFP).
According to a study by Alan Krueger, economist and professor, the labor force participation fell significantly more in countries where opioids are prescribed.
5. Painkiller prescriptions in the U.S. quadrupled between 1999 and 2010.
The CDC reported that opioid-related deaths have quadrupled correspondingly to the increase in painkiller prescriptions in the United States.

Sources: Forbes, New York Timesbrookings.edu