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This article refers to crime in the U.S. state of New Mexico.

Crimes

New Mexico had the highest rate of property crime among US states in 2016.[1] New Mexico had the second highest rate for violent crime, following Alaska. Around 27 percent of the population lives in Albuquerque, but the city was home to 42.7 percent of violent crime and 47 percent of property crime in New Mexico.

In 2016, New Mexico law enforcement agencies reported 81,931 property crimes and 14,619 violent crimes throughout the state, for a rate 3,937.1 property crimes and 702.5 violent crimes per 100,000 residents. Across the nation the property crime rate per 100,000 residents was 2,450.7 and the violent crime rate was 386.3.[1]

Drug abuse

Since the 1990s, New Mexico has led the Western United States in drug overdose deaths, the vast majority a result of opioids.[2][3] New Mexico's death rate has more than tripled since 1990. In 2003, New Mexico led the country in drug overdose rate with more than twice the national average, and 4 New Mexico counties were among the top 25 in the United States for overdose rates.[4][2] While deaths due to illicit drugs have remained steady during the past decade, deaths due to prescription drugs (particularly opioid pain relievers) have increased dramatically.[5]

Overdose death rates (per 100,000)

Year New Mexico United States Note
1990 7.6 3.4
1991 7.8 3.7
1992 8.9 4.1
1993 10.1 4.7
1994 9.6 4.8
1995 11.9 4.8
1996 11.7 4.9
1997 11.9 5.3
1998 15.0 5.6
1999 15.0 6.1
2000 15.2 6.2
2001 14.4 6.8
2002 16.3 8.2
2003 19.0 8.9
2004 16.3 9.4
2005 19.7 10.1
2006 21.4 11.5
2007 22.5 11.9
2008 26.4 11.9
2009 21.6 11.9
2010 23.3 12.3
2011 25.8 13.2
2012 24.3 13.1
2013 22.1 13.8
2014 22.1 14.7
2015 26.8 16.3

Capital punishment laws

Main article: Capital punishment in New Mexico

Capital punishment is not applied in New Mexico.[6]

References

  1. ^ a b Kaplan, Elise (29 September 2017). "New Mexico now worst in nation for property crime". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved 4 July 2019.
  2. ^ a b Rees, John, Garcia, Gabriel. Clinic Payment Options as a Barrier to Accessing Medication-assisted Treatment for Opioid Use in Albuquerque, New Mexico. ADDICT DISORD THEIR TREAT. 2019;18(4):246-248. doi:10.1097/ADT.0000000000000175.
  3. ^ Lee M. Drug overdose deaths up slightly in New Mexico. US News and World Report. July 12, 2017
  4. ^ Shah N, Lathrop SL, Richard RR, et al. Unintentional drug overdose death trends in New Mexico, USA, 1990-2005: combinations of heroin, cocaine, prescription opioids and alcohol. Addiction. 2008;103:126-136.
  5. ^ "Complete Health Indicator Report of Drug Overdose Deaths". NM-IBIS. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Facts about capital punishment - the death penalty".