ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) _ Despite recent success in lowering drunken driving deaths, overall alcohol-related and drug overdose deaths are still rising in New Mexico.
State health officials are calling for New Mexico to expand its work to prevent substance abuse and save lives. Drug overdose deaths have nearly tripled from 7.9 deaths per 100,000 people in 1991 to 22.3 deaths in 2006, the latest year available. That's according to statistics presented by deputy state epidemiologist Doctor Michael Landen.
Alcohol-related deaths have increased from nearly 44 deaths per 100,000 people in 1998 to almost 49 deaths in 2006. Landen says the state has made great strides to reduce DWI deaths, but New Mexico needs to direct more resources toward the broader problems related to substance abuse.