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V.23 No.10 | 3/6/2014
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NM Street Press

Mediating Heroin and Harm Reduction

Expanding access to treatment may reduce NM’s high rate of overdose

By Barron Jones
NM Street Press co-founder Barron Jones reports on harm reduction-based health care strategies that aim to lower the high rate of overdoses in New Mexico, including the passage of SB 241 and potential for enhanced Narcan distribution and Good Samaritan laws.
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V.21 No.7 | 2/16/2012

News

Pill bills get no love from the Legislature

By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Feb 16 2012 3:22 PM ]

The session adjourned at noon, and two measures that aimed to curb New Mexico’s high pharmy-abuse rates didn’t make it. Margaret Wright wrote an article for the Alibi about the measures. One aimed to tighten restrictions on opioid prescriptions. Another attempted to create a better tracking system for prescription misuse.

Medical associations bucked the legislation, saying it could discourage physicians from giving pain medications to people who need them.

Advocates argued the changes were needed because New Mexico leads the nation in rates of overdose deaths.

Roundhouse 2012

A Real Pill

Prescription rules pit addiction activists against medical groups

By Margaret Wright
Legislation that aimed to curb the state's epidemic rates of opioid abuse and overdose deaths became a hot-button issue during the 30-day legislative session.
V.20 No.22 | 6/2/2011
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News Feature

The Heroin Surge

As addiction climbs in Albuquerque, cartels are ready to deliver

By Joe Kolb
In 2008, the number of heroin-overdose deaths jumped—and the age of users dropped, according to the New Mexico Department of Health. "We know there is a significant increase in heroin sales in Albuquerque, but we just don't know how much is out there," says Capt. Matt Thomas of the Criminal Investigation Division in the Bernalillo Sheriff's Office. "We tend to see different trends in drug prevalence, where it went from cocaine to meth and now to heroin."
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