New Mexico once again tops national rankings, this time for drugs

As National Prevention Week approaches, the personal finance website WalletHub has released a comprehensive report identifying the states with the most severe drug problems. This timely study aims to spotlight the regions most impacted by drug addiction, leveraging data from all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, analyzed across 20 critical metrics.

The metrics include a range of indicators from arrest and overdose rates to opioid prescriptions and the prevalence of employee drug testing laws. New Mexico emerged as a focal point in this study, ranking as the state with the largest drug-related challenges.

Here are some notable findings from the report regarding New Mexico:

  • New Mexico ranks first in the percentage of teenagers who reported using illicit drugs in the past month.
  • It comes in third for the percentage of adults who admitted to using illicit drugs over the same period.
  • The state is ranked seventh in drug overdose deaths per capita.
  • New Mexico is second in terms of adults who were unable to access treatment for illicit drug use in the past year.
  • It holds the eighth position for the number of substance abuse treatment facilities per 100,000 people aged 12 and older who use illicit drugs.

“New Mexico has the biggest drug problem in the U.S., especially when it comes to teenagers. The state has the highest percentage of teens using illicit drugs, and the highest share of teenagers who report having tried marijuana before age 13,” said WalletHub Analyst Cassandra Happe. 

“New Mexico has the third-highest share of adults who use illicit drugs, as well. In addition, New Mexico has a large number of drug overdose deaths per capita, and that rate is growing faster than in most other states.”

As a border state, the border crisis and the massive flow of fentanyl have no doubt contributed to the exacerbated issue that is plaguing communities across all 33 counties.

The full report, which provides a deeper dive into these issues, is available on WalletHub’s website


15 thoughts on “New Mexico once again tops national rankings, this time for drugs”

  1. Nice job Feckless LG! You deserve credit for the wide-open border and reefer shop in every strip mall that contributes to NM’s high ranking,


    1. Marcello T Hinojosa

      What a great job this Governor and all the rest of the Politicians and County managers , judges , city councils all over the state have done. 🤔 I wonder what’s next on their agenda?

  2. Weakest link along the border… socialist regime in power… highest drug use… it doesn’t take a genius to connect the dots.
    The queen doesn’t even care that cartels have taken over NM land!!!

    1. She was most likely paid by the cartel to take over the land plus kick backs for allowing the open border and drugs.

  3. WooHoo! Great job Politicos!!

    What bothers me the most is that these rankings come out every year, and every year the elected officials ignore, make excuses and status quo the entire debacle to the side.

    I call, write and speak out often folks, yet for some reason, these political shmucks will not respond nor will they fix the issues.

    Que Lastima Nuevo Mexico! Shameful!!!
    Do Better New Mexico

    Rev. Rico

  4. Time to #VoteRightNM We need to save New Mexico from this #Feckless GovMLG and the Demonrats that hate America.

  5. There are a few people we need to thank for this rating and the letting drugs and punks flood our state.. 1st and foremost is that USELESS piglet squatting in the roundhouse! 2nd your good ole “pretty-boy” Keller.. 3rd add all the NO MORALS lawyers and NO CAJONE`S judges. All of these people with their open border, sanctuary city and the revolving doors at the jailhouse are the ones making New Mexico become a shithole!!! QUIT VOTING THESE IDIOTS IN TO OFFICE!!!

  6. Hey guess what MLJ? Even the illegal immigrants don’t want to live here. I guess you are just waiting to leave too. Good luck in D.C. can’t get you out of here fast enough.

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