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Health Indicator Report of Injury - Unintentional Injury Deaths

From 1999 through 2014, 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 2014, 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, 2010-2014


Rates have been age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. standard 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.

Data Interpretation Issues

Statistical stability is reported in the data table for counts and rates that are unstable. Stability is based on a statistic called the "Relative Standard Error," or RSE, which is the standard error expressed as a proportion of the point estimate (e.g., 30% of the point estimate). A dash (-) means that the relative standard error (RSE) is below 0.30 and the count or rate may be considered stable. "Unstable" is displayed when the RSE is 0.30-0.50. An unstable count or rate may fluctuate widely across time periods due to random variation (chance). "Very Unstable" is displayed when the RSE is greater than 0.50. A very unstable count or rate should not be used to inform decisions. You may combine years or otherwise increase the population size used in the query to achieve a more stable count or rate. Problems with statistical instability typically occur when there is a small number of health events in a small population. For more information on statistical stability, visit the NM-IBIS Reliability & Validity page (


Deaths due to all causes of unintentional injury


Number of unintentional injury deaths. (ICD-10 codes V01-X59, Y85-Y86)


The mid-year estimated population of New Mexico

Healthy People Objective: Reduce unintentional injury deaths

U.S. Target: 36.0 deaths per 100,000 population

Other Objectives

New Mexico Community Health Status Indicator (CHSI)

How Are We Doing?

The unintentional injury death rate in NM has fluctuated from 2003 through 2014 with a range of 58.2/100,000 in 2013 and 71.3/100,000 in 2014. American Indians have the highest unintentional injury death rate.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

The average unintentional injury death rate in NM from 2011 through 2014 was 1.6 times higher than the average U.S. rate during this time period.

What Is Being Done?

The poisoning, motor vehicle traffic and falls indicator reports contain information on what New Mexico is doing to prevent the three leading causes of unintentional injury death.
Page Content Updated On 11/20/2015, Published on 11/20/2015
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Content updated: Fri, 20 Nov 2015 17:28:36 MST