The Problem

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Drug overdose is currently the leading cause of injury death in the United States with the majority being caused by prescription opioids. For the last 20 years, New Mexico has had one of the highest overdose death rates in the country. While our state has made progress on this front, deaths due to prescription drugs have remained above the national rate, leading public health officials to declare this problem an epidemic. The more you know the more you can help prevent these tragic deaths from occurring. 

Substance Abuse Epidemiology Program

The New Mexico Department of health provides updated information and statistics on the opioid epidemic through their Substance Abuse Epidemiology Program. Click on the link for health data, reports, and other information


Get Smart About Drugs

This is a resource that is provided to help people learn more about the opioid epidemic. Click on the link to learn more about the problem, including infographics and news articles.

DEA Drug Take Back

The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.


Matt Kennicott