New Mexico Priority Topic Investments

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New Mexico Overdose Investment Snapshot

Combatting the current overdose crisis is a priority for the agency. This page provides an overview of the FY21 CDC Injury Center (NCIPC) overdose investments for the state of New Mexico.

There were 91,799 drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2020 (28.3 deaths per 100,000 standard population), a stark 30% increase from 2019. Approximately 75% of drug overdose deaths in 2020 involved an opioid, with synthetic opioids (e.g., illicitly manufactured fentanyls) accounting for more than 80% of all opioid-involved deaths. Drug overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids increased by 55% and deaths involving psychostimulants (e.g., methamphetamine) increased by 47% from 2019 to 2020. Drug overdose deaths involving cocaine also increased by 22%.

In 2020 in New Mexico there were:


overdose deaths


overdose deaths per 100,000 people (age-adjusted)

Source: NVSS – Drug Overdose Deaths

Overdose Funding At A Glance
Overdose Funding At A Glance
New Mexico


FY21 New Mexico Total Overdose Prevention Funding


FY21 Awards

Overdose Data to Action (OD2A)

  • New Mexico State Award: $4,714,005

Public Health and Public Safety

  • Overdose Response Strategy: $74,500*


*average award amount

Examples of How New Mexico Is Working to Prevent Overdose

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Reaching rural and culturally diverse populations

New Mexico recorded radio advertisements in English, Spanish, and Navajo to tell listeners about the website, which includes information about accessing medication assisted treatment and chronic pain management approaches). The ads aired on 35 radio stations and reached the Navajo Nation, the largest tribal community in New Mexico.

public safety

Corrections settings

New Mexico trains state Corrections Department staff, re-entry specialists, and incarcerated individuals on overdose prevention, to reduce the likelihood of overdose and return to incarceration following release.

CDC Overdose Prevention Strategies

CDC’s Injury Center plays a critical role in addressing the drug overdose epidemic by driving progress in the five strategic priorities that guide CDC’s response framework for preventing overdoses.

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