Tue. May 21st, 2024

NEW REPORT SHOWS WHERE NM LANDS IN HEALTH IN NATION

NEW MEXICO (KSMX) – A new report from The New Mexico Department of Health shows New Mexico has a lot work to do in several categories. It’s 50th – the worst – for alcohol-induced death, 47th for suicide and 34th in drug overdose death. Additionally, New Mexico ranks near the bottom on a variety of measures knows as “social determinants of health,” including child poverty (48th place) and high school completion (46th place). Officials say there’s improvement for youth alcohol use and youth smoking. On the plus side, the state also showed low rates for five leading causes of death, which includes cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, heart disease and pneumonia. New Mexico ranks among the top 20 states with the lowest rates in each important category.

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