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New Mexico


Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 446
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 63
State population, 2009 2,009,671
Population covered by DAWN 2,009,671
Percent of population covered by DAWN 100%

State overview: Deaths and population by county, 2009
County Drug-related Drug-related suicide Population
Deaths Rate Deaths Rate
Total participating (33) 446 22.2 63 3.1 2,009,671
1. Bernalillo County 202 31.4 36 5.6 642,527
2. Catron County 0 0.0 0 0.0 3,443
3. Chaves County 12 18.9 0 0.0 63,622
4. Cibola County 3 11.1 1 3.7 27,036
5. Colfax County 2 15.7 0 0.0 12,737
6. Curry County 5 11.3 2 4.5 44,407
7. De Baca County 0 0.0 0 0.0 1,819
8. Doña Ana County 29 14.0 2 1.0 206,419
9. Eddy County 10 19.0 1 1.9 52,706
10. Grant County 9 30.1 1 3.3 29,903
11. Guadalupe County 1 23.6 0 0.0 4,241
12. Harding County 0 0.0 1 150.8 663
13. Hidalgo County 1 19.8 0 0.0 5,057
14. Lea County 6 10.0 0 0.0 60,232
15. Lincoln County 4 19.0 0 0.0 21,016
16. Los Alamos County 3 16.6 0 0.0 18,074
17. Luna County 1 3.7 0 0.0 27,044
18. McKinley County 6 8.5 1 1.4 70,513
19. Mora County 0 0.0 0 0.0 4,935
20. Otero County 16 25.3 1 1.6 63,201
21. Quay County 4 44.9 1 11.2 8,917
22. Rio Arriba County 20 49.2 0 0.0 40,678
23. Roosevelt County 0 0.0 0 0.0 18,817
24. San Juan County 13 10.5 8 6.4 124,131
25. San Miguel County 6 21.2 1 3.5 28,323
26. Sandoval County 23 18.3 2 1.6 125,988
27. Santa Fe County 24 16.3 3 2.0 147,532
28. Sierra County 9 69.8 0 0.0 12,886
29. Socorro County 7 38.7 0 0.0 18,092
30. Taos County 8 25.4 0 0.0 31,507
31. Torrance County 3 18.2 0 0.0 16,475
32. Union County 3 78.6 0 0.0 3,817
33. Valencia County 16 21.9 2 2.7 72,913

Deaths by manner of death, 2009
Suicide 12.4%
Homicide 0.2%
Could not be determined 4.9%
Accidental 82.3%
Natural 0.2%

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 58 292 350
Alcohol 2 146 148
Benzodiazepines 0 141 141
Antidepressants 2 108 110
Cocaine 15 87 102

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 4 34 38
Benzodiazepines 1 27 28
Antidepressants 3 24 27
Misc. analgesics/combinations 3 16 19
Alcohol 0 13 13

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 27.9
Female 16.6

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 4.2
21 to 34 30.8
35 to 54 46.0
55 and over 12.1

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 2.5
Female 3.7

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 *
21 to 34 1.0
35 to 54 7.3
55 and over 3.8

Place of death, 2009
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 86
Home 282
Public place 10
Other 68
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 11
Home 42
Public place *
Other 9
Not documented 0

Drug-related deaths by drug category, 2008-2009
Drug category Drug-related Drug-related suicide
Deaths, 2008 Deaths, 2009 Single-drug deaths, 2009 Deaths, 2008 Deaths, 2009 Single-drug deaths, 2009
NOTES: Alcohol row includes alcohol in combination with other drugs (all ages) and alcohol alone in decedents under age 21. Club drugs row includes MDMA (Ecstasy), GHB, flunitrazepam (Rohypnol), and ketamine. Hallucinogens row includes PCP, LSD, and miscellaneous hallucinogens.
ALL DRUGS 437 446 103 79 63 15
Alcohol 143 148 * 25 13 0
Cocaine 123 102 15 * * 0
Marijuana * * 0 0 0 0
Stimulants 29 54 12 * 5 0
Club drugs * * 0 0 0 0
Hallucinogens 0 0 0 0 0 0
Inhalants * 4 4 * * *
Antidepressants 69 110 * 33 27 *
Antipsychotics 19 22 * 8 * *
Benzodiazepines 103 141 0 26 28 *
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 27 46 * 13 12 *
Opiates/opioids 354 350 58 40 38 4
– Heroin (specified) 74 71 24 * 0 0
– Methadone 57 41 14 7 5 0
– All other opiates/opioids 258 261 20 35 34 4
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 4 0 0 * 0
Salicylates/combinations 0 0 0 0 * 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations 18 31 * 18 19 *
Anticonvulsants 8 26 * * 8 0
Muscle relaxants 28 48 * 9 11 0

End Notes

1. Drug-related deaths exclude suicides.
2. All death rates are per 100,000 population.
3. An asterisk (*) signifies that a small number of deaths was suppressed to protect privacy.
SOURCE: Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, SAMHSA, Drug Abuse Warning Network, 2009.

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