Here’s a sobering statistic: More than 43,000 New Mexicans have died from drugs and alcohol over the last 30 years.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, the number of people dying from drug overdoses and alcohol-related causes continues to get worse — fueled in part by fentanyl and methamphetamine, which are now claiming more lives than heroin and prescription opioids, according to a report presented Thursday to the Legislative Finance Committee.

New Mexico hit a grim milestone last year.

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