Overdose Deaths Down In NM

The New Mexico Department of Health has announced that the state’s drug overdose death rate improved from 8th highest in the nation in 2015 to 12th highest in 2016. This is the second year that New Mexico’s ranking has improved substantially according to new data from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is also the first time that New Mexico has not ranked among the top 10 states in drug overdose death rate since the CDC started reporting drug overdose death data in 1999. However, drug overdose death remains the leading cause of injury death in New Mexico. Nearly half of all overdose deaths in New Mexico result from prescription opioid drug use. Opioids include painkillers such as morphine, hydrocodone, and oxycodone.