Rio Arriba County in the Times

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Here's an article in The New York Times about Northern New Mexico's Rio Arriba County struggling to cope with multi-generational heroin addiction. New Mexico's health department has started dispensing an anti-overdose drug called Narcan to try to curb the number of deaths caused by the drug.

According to the article, residents of Rio Arriba have known for more than a decade that their county has the highest per capita rate of deaths from overdoses. To try to stem the tide, New Mexico is launching a campaign of "harm reduction" in which dirty needles are exchanged for clean ones, and Narcan is given out to members of the community.

The biggest town in the county is Española which is about a half hour from Santa Fe.