As substance abuse trends change across the country, so do the substance abuse and addiction trends in the state of New Mexico. Drug abuse and alcoholism rates in New Mexico been higher than the National average for at least the past 35 years. However, with the nationwide rise in mental health issues and addiction rates – much of which can be attributed to the opioid epidemic – the demographics and trends of substance abuse and addiction have changed drastically.
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New Mexico Addiction Statistics
Drug Overdoses in New Mexico
The most drastic change to New Mexico substance abuse and addiction statistics is seen in the rates of drug overdoses in the state. From the turn of the century, drug overdoses have spread like wildfire across the state of New Mexico, and overdoses – which were previously confined to poorer communities – have crept into every community, regardless of demographics.
Source: New York Times: How the Epidemic of Drug Overdose Deaths Ripples Across America | January 19, 2016
Source: CDC Drug Overdose Mortality by State: 2016