Drug overdose deaths down in NM, but rate among highest in nation
Posted at: 09/03/2013 1:36 PM
| Updated at: 09/03/2013 1:37 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com
Drug overdose deaths are down in New Mexico, according to the state department of health.
The department reports 486 New Mexicans died from drug overdoses last year--a 7 percent decrease from 2011.
But even with this one-year decline, the department said 2012 rates for both men and women were much higher than the 1990 rate. The 2012 female drug overdose death rate was almost five times higher than in 1990, while the male rate was almost three times higher than in 1990.
New Mexico had the second highest drug overdose death rate in the nation in 2010, according to the department.
"One of the main concerns is that overdose deaths due to prescription drugs are increasing," said department of health secretary Retta Ward. "The department is partnering with organizations to increase knowledge and availability of naloxone, which can help reverse an opioid overdose."
The department of health said they have several initiatives aimed at preventing overdose deaths, including a prescription monitoring program and drug treatment services to help reduce incarceration for non-violent offenders.