October 7, 2016

...The special legislative session originally intended to resolve the state’s budget deficit came to be dominated by partisan politics. Republican Gov. Susana Martinez added the death penalty and two other crime-and-punishment bills to the session's agenda. Martinez then scheduled the session to start just weeks before the general election in which control of the Legislature is at stake.
Infighting followed. Democrats said Republican House members introduced the crime bills in the middle of a financial crisis simply to try to get an edge in campaign ads for coming weeks. The session ended Thursday afternoon on an anticlimactic note with approval of a solvency package to save the budget, stopping nearly a week of political maneuvering and bickering. -- 10/7/2016

Authorities: 20 drug overdose deaths in New Mexico this yearLas Cruces Sun News

The New Mexico Department of Health and the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator are investigating 20 drug overdose deaths in New Mexico this year that were likely caused by illicitly manufactured fentanyl. The overdose victims ranged in age from 17 to 63 and 85 percent were male. - - 10/7/2016