When wildfires strike, accompanying smoke can result in poor air quality that can impact the health of New Mexicans. The drought conditions spanning the past several summers have made New Mexico vulnerable to wildfire. Neighboring states have also experienced drought and wildfires, which can impact the air quality in New Mexico.
Drug overdose death has become the leading cause of injury death in New Mexico and nationally over the past decade. New Mexico had the second-highest drug overdose death rate in the nation, after West Virginia, in 2011. In the period from 2008-2012, there were an average of 483 drug overdose deaths in New Mexico each year, more than three times as many as there were in 1990-1994.
According to the Health Resources and Services Administration, all but two New Mexico counties have a Health Professional Shortage Area, which is defined as having shortages of primary medical care which may include too few primary care providers, high infant mortality rates, high poverty and/or large elderly population.