A new analysis released last week indicates that in 2008, for the first time in nearly 30 years, more people died in the United States of poisoning than in car crashes. Though the number of fatal car crashes in Idaho was still on par with poisonings, in 30 states poisoning is now responsible for more fatalities than automobile accidents. New Mexico, West Virginia, Alaska, Nevada and Utah had the highest rates in the country.
Opiod analgeics (morphine, hydrocodone) accounted for 14,800 of the 36,500 fatal drug poisonings in 2008. According to a study by the National Center for Health Statistics, more than 5 million Americans in 2009-2010 reported using pain relievers without a prescription.
According to the study, Idaho's rate of poisoning "was not significantly different than the U.S. rate."