Drug-induced deaths have increased in Idaho since 2010, but an updated report shows that the state remains slightly lower than the national average for this number. In 2016, the most recent year for which confirmed data is available, Idaho ranked 36th in the age-adjusted rate of drug-induced deaths by state, according to the Idaho Opioid Needs Assessment, which was released today by the Division of Behavioral Health.
A couple other highlights from the report include:
- Since reaching a peak in 2010-2012, several indicators appear to show a modest decrease in non-heroin opiate/synthetic use in Idaho over recent years.
- However, in 2016 Idaho was above the national average for the rate of opioids dispensed per 100,000 population and many indicators suggest that Idaho has experienced a significant increase in heroin use over the past decade.
In addition to information regarding opioid use and death rates and prescribing practices, this report also contains data regarding treatment needs in Idaho, availability of Medication Assisted Treatment, prevention efforts, recovery support initiatives, and policies and legislation proposed or enacted in Idaho related to the opioid overdose, as well as a variety of other topics. Much of the data is at the county-level.
“This report is very informative and helps us identify high-risk/high-need areas across the state,” said Rosie Andueza, Substance Use Disorder Program manager. “With this information, we are better able to target our activities and interventions. We are hopeful that others will also find this data useful in the work that they do to fight the opioid epidemic in Idaho.”
Read the full report here.
The Division of Behavioral Health is one of eight divisions in the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.