- Associated Press - Friday, March 18, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - State data in premature deaths suggests that a pocket of downtown Albuquerque is the deadliest place in New Mexico.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1Z9ldVq ) that when measured by the rate of premature deaths weighted by age, the pocket of Albuquerque bordered by Interstate 25, Cesar Chavez/Bridge, the Rio Grande and Interstate 40 is the most deadly. Premature death is defined as before age 75.

Department of Health data shows that 60 percent of premature deaths in the area are caused by drug overdoses.

Other regions with the highest premature death rates are western San Juan County, western McKinley County, Rio Arriba County around Española, and Sierra and Catron counties in western New Mexico.

Areas with the lowest premature death rates are found on New Mexico’s military installations.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

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