New Mexico Department of Health
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Substance Abuse Epidemiology Program

New Mexico continues to suffer from the negative consequences of substance abuse. The Substance Abuse Epidemiology Section aims to survey substance use and mental health conditions through available data sources, disseminate information and identify the most effective and proven prevention strategies.

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Substance Abuse and Related Reports

Drug-Related Reports

Alcohol-Related Reports

Mental Health-Related Reports

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Indicator-Based Information System (IBIS)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)


Substance Abuse-Related Publications

Landen MG, Castle S, Nolte KB, Gonzales M, Escobedo LG, Chatterjee BF, Johnson K, Sewell CM. (2003) Methodological issues in the surveillance of poisoning, illicit drug overdose and heroin overdose deaths in New Mexico. American Journal of Epidemiology, 57(3): 273-278.

Shah N, Lathrop SL & Landen MG. (2005) Unintentional methadone-related overdose death in New Mexico (USA) and implications for surveillance, 1998-2002. Addiction, 100(2), 176-188.

Mueller MR, Shah N & Landen MG. (2006) Unintentional prescription drug overdose deaths in New Mexico, 1994–2003. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 30(5), 423-429.

Woerle S, Roeber J, Landen MG. (2007) Prevalence of alcohol dependence among excessive drinkers in New Mexico. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 31(2), 293-298.

Shah N, Lathrop SL, Reichard RR & Landen MG. (2008) Unintentional drug overdose death trends in New Mexico (USA), 1990-2005: combinations of heroin, cocaine, prescription opioids and alcohol. Addiction, 103(1), 126-36.

Stahre M, Roeber J, Kanny D, Brewer RD, Zhang X. (2014) Contribution of excessive alcohol consumption to deaths and years of potential life lost in the United States. Prev Chronic Dis, 26;11:E109.

Landen M, Roeber J, Naimi T, Nielsen L, Sewell M. (2014) Alcohol-attributable mortality among American Indians and Alaska Natives in the United States, 1999-2009. Am J Public Health, 104 Suppl 3:S343-9.

Substance Abuse-Related MMWRs

CDC (2005) Unintentional deaths from drug poisoning by urbanization of area – New Mexico, 1994-2003. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 54(35), 870-874.

CDC (2007) Types of alcoholic beverages usually consumed by students in 9th-12th grades--four states, 2005. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 56(29), 737-740.

Gonzales K, Roeber J, Kanny D, Tran A, Saiki C, Johnson H, Yeoman K, Safranek T, Creppage K, Lepp A, Miller T, Tarkhashvili N, Lynch KE, Watson JR, Henderson D, Christenson M, Geiger SD; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (2014) Alcohol-attributable deaths and years of potential life lost--11 States, 2006-2010. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 63(10), 213-6.