This report is prepared by the Infectious Disease Epidemiology Bureau (IDEB) for notifiable infectious diseases reported through the New Mexico Electronic Disease Surveillance Systems (NM-EDSS). NM-EDSS is a web-based system used by public health staff throughout the state to track investigations of suspected, probable and confirmed cases of notifiable infectious diseases.
Drug overdose death has become the leading cause of injury death in New Mexico and nationally over the past decade (New Mexico Substance Abuse Epidemiological Profile, 2013). New Mexico had the second‐highest drug overdose death rate, after West Virginia, in 2010 (CDC Wonder).
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is caused by a blow to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts brain function. It can affect memory, judgment, sleep patterns, reflexes, speech, coordination, balance and behavior (personality changes, aggression, acting out).