Last year was a record year in New Mexico for overdose deaths.
According to the Albuquerque Journal, 536 New Mexicans died of overdoses in 2014. The figure represents a 19 percent increase over 2013 deaths.
The paper reported that nearly half of those overdose deaths were the result of prescription opioids or narcotic painkillers like hydrocodone and oxycodone.
We’ve known for years that prescription drug overdose deaths in our state are high and that something needs to be done to combat the problem.