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Indicator Report - Injury: Unintentional Injury Deaths

Why Is This Important?

From 1999 through 2012, unintentional injury was consistently the leading cause of death among people 1 to 44 years of age in New Mexico and the 3rd leading cause of death for all ages. Poisoning was the leading cause of unintentional injury death from 2007 through 2012, followed by motor vehicle traffic-related injury and fall-related injury. About 90% of unintentional poisoning deaths in NM are due to drug overdose.

Unintentional Injury Death Rates by County, New Mexico 2008-2012

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Quartile Map of Unintentional Injury Deaths by County, New Mexico, 2008-2012

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A "Quartile" map assigns areas to four groups. Each group includes the SAME NUMBER of areas. Group membership and map color are based on the rank order of area rates, from the lowest rate to the highest. The bottom 25% (bottom quartile) of areas has the lowest rates, the next 25% has the second lowest rates, the next 25% has the second highest rates and the top 25% of areas has the highest rates. Areas with the darkest color have the highest rates. Percentile maps such as this assign areas to different groups regardless of how close the rates actually are. In other words, just because two areas are in different groups doesn't necessarily mean that their rates are significantly different. For small area background information and reference maps, please visit:

Data Notes

Rates are age-adjusted to the 2000 Standard US Population

Data Sources

  • New Mexico Death Data: Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics (BVRHS), New Mexico Department of Health.
  • Population Data Source: Geospatial and Population Studies Program, University of New Mexico.

Other Views


Deaths due to all causes of unintentional injury

How We Calculated the Rates

Numerator: Number of unintentional injury deaths. (ICD-10 codes V01-X59, Y85-Y86)
Denominator: The mid-year estimated population of New Mexico

Page Content Updated On 10/10/2013, Published on 10/10/2013
The information provided above is from the New Mexico Department of Health's NM-IBIS web site ( The information published on this website may be reproduced without permission. Please use the following citation: "Retrieved Sun, 01 March 2015 from New Mexico Department of Health, Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health Web site:".

Content updated: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 11:53:24 MST