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What Drugs Contribute to the Most Drug-Related Deaths in New Mexico?

Created On Monday, 21, October 2019
Modified On Wednesday, 30, September 2020

The unintentional drug overdoses in New Mexico make up more than 80% of the drug-induced deaths. Between 2007 and 2011 the most common drugs involved in unintentional overdose deaths are prescription opioids such as methadone, oxycodone, and morphine. Other drugs include heroin, tranquilizers, cocaine, and antidepressants. Since 2000 the number of drug overdose deaths in New Mexico has increased by 102%. In 2014 there were 547 drug overdose deaths throughout the state. The state of New Mexico has had the highest rate of drug overdose deaths in the last two decades. Drug addiction affects people from all walks of life within the state and is a devastating problem that many families struggle with.

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In 2014, around 70% of the overdose deaths were because of opioid pain relievers or heroin. During that year in New Mexico, an average of seven people died every week of an opioid-involved drug overdose. During 2014, roughly 60% of the deaths involved prescription opioids without heroin, and 30% involved heroin without prescription drugs, and 10% involved both. Opioids are the contributing factor to most of the drug-related deaths within the state. Opioid addiction is a dangerous problem and does require proper treatment. Most opioid addicts will utilize medication-assisted treatment. This rehabilitation process involves the use of buprenorphine and suboxone. Buprenorphine is administered during detox to manage the withdrawal pain, and suboxone is often used throughout therapy to manage cravings.

The only way to successfully overcome an opioid addiction is through treatment. Regardless of how the addiction started, there are underlying issues attached to it. The detox process is essential to help the addict become stable to enter treatment and receive therapy. Drug Rehab Services can help addicts in New Mexico find the right type of therapy they need for their addiction. Drug and alcohol abuse throughout the state continues to be a problem for many families. In 2017 there were 332 overdose deaths involving opioids, which was still higher than the national average. Prescription opioids were involved in most of the deaths, followed by heroin and fentanyl, per NIDA.


Nickolaus Hayes - Author

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