Idaho ranks 18th in the U.S. for injury-related deaths, at a rate of 69.1 per 100,000 people, according to a new report from Trust for America’s Health, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization that advocates for injury and disease prevention.
The national rate is 58.4 per 100,000, the report said.
Rates of injury deaths — including drug overdoses, motor vehicle crashes, homicides and other injuries — in Idaho were stable over the past four years, the report said.
Idaho ranked 33rd in the U.S. for drug overdose deaths, at a rate of 12.7 per 100,000 people. Drug overdoses have surpassed car crashes as the leading cause of injury in many states, but Idaho is not among them, the report said.
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The report scored Idaho among the lowest in the country for actions taken to prevent injuries, such as requiring prescribers to check a prescription-monitoring database (Idaho does not) or placing limits on night-time driving by teens (Idaho does).