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The Nation

More than 1,000 marchers swarmed into the New Mexico Capitol in Santa Fe to draw attention to an alcohol abuse problem that kills six times as many people in their town of Gallup than in most U.S. cities. Some of the marchers had been on the road for the 200 miles and 10 days since leaving Gallup, a town of 20,000 people that borders the Navajo Indian reservation. McKinley County leads the nation in both drunken driving accidents and alcohol-related deaths. Authorities said 18 people died in McKinley County in January due to alcohol-related causes, such as exposure, drunken driving and drunken beatings.


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