Report: Idaho ranks 18th in nation for injury deaths

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.

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).