Gov. Martinez says New Mexico no longer ranks first among states for drug overdose deaths


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SANTA FE, New Mexico — Gov. Susana Martinez says the rate of deaths from drug overdoses in New Mexico has dropped significantly.

Martinez said Friday that New Mexico did not rank first or second nationally for drug overdose fatality rates for the first time since 1992.

Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates New Mexico's rate fell 16 percent between 2011 and 2013.

New Mexico's rate is now behind West Virginia and Kentucky.

Martinez says the reduction in deaths is in part due to state efforts to combat prescription drug abuse.

Martinez's administration developed guidelines in 2012 for mandatory participation among health care providers in New Mexico's Prescription Monitoring Program.

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