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Health Indicator Report of Opioid Overdose Related Emergency Department Visits

Mortality is just one, and the most extreme, of the health outcomes associated with drug abuse. In the U.S., between 2004 and 2009, there has been a 98.4% increase in emergency department (ED) visits related to misuse or abuse of prescription drugs, particularly opioids. [[br]][[br]] ---- {{class .SmallerFont Paulozzi, L. J., Jones, C. M., Mack, K. A., & Rudd, R. A. [2011]. "Vital Signs: Overdoses of prescription opioid pain relievers-United States," 1999-2008. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 60[43], 6). In NM, the emergency department dataset (EDD) is collected in accordance with the NM Public Health Act and New Mexico Administrative Code }}


Rates have been age-adjusted to the US 2000 standard population.   Age-specific rates (e.g., Ages 0-24) are per 100,000; all-ages rate is per 100,000, age-adjusted to the 2000 US standard population.

Data Sources

  • Emergency Department (ED) dataset, Health Systems Epidemiology Program, New Mexico Department of Health.
  • Population Estimates: University of New Mexico, Geospatial and Population Studies (GPS) Program,


The number of emergency department visits for drug overdose, that is, ED encounters with any diagnosis of opioid overdose (ICD-9 codes )


Opioid Overdose Related Emergency Department Visits in New Mexico


New Mexico Population

Other Objectives

Substance Abuse Epidemiology Report Indicator New Mexico Community Health Status Indicator (CHSI)

How Are We Doing?

Drug use can result in overdose death and is also associated with other societal problems including crime, violence, homelessness, loss of productivity and spread of blood-borne disease such as HIV and hepatitis. Unintentional drug overdose is the largest
Page Content Updated On 11/19/2018, Published on 03/19/2019
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Content updated: Tue, 19 Mar 2019 09:27:25 MDT