The United States had more than 63,600 drug overdose deaths in 2016.
New Mexico’s overdose death rate reached a plateau of just over 25 deaths per 100,000 people.
The state had one of the highest overdose death rates in the country and is now ranked 12th nationally because other states have seen drastic increases in overdoses.
In 2016, there were more than 20 overdose deaths attributed to Fentanyl in New Mexico – a state where heroin and methamphetamine of high purity are relatively cheap.
Federal law enforcement suspects the Fentanyl found in New Mexico comes from Mexican drug cartels that buy it from China over the internet.
It is mixed with heroin or pressed into pills that look like prescription pain medication and smuggled into the U.S.