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Future social workers march on the capital

Today at 12:45 p.m., social work students will gather at the Roundhouse to advocate for the state's poor and underserved populations. They're calling for legislators pass SB 321, which allows treatment instead of jail time for certain drug offenders.

The students from Eastern and Western universities, Highlands and New Mexico State would also like to raise awareness about the rise of heroin in public schools and draw support for measures benefiting health care providers. They'd also like to see Medicaid funding continued in full.

Proposed cuts could tip the scales against vulnerable New Mexicans, writes Katie Wylie, an intern with the National Association of Social Workers. "When a state needs to 'trim the budgetary fat' social services are usually the first area to be placed on the chopping block."