V.21 No.46 | 11/15/2012
International District residents say no to another drug clinic
By Marisa Demarco [ Mon Nov 19 2012 9:00 AM ]
In this week’s Opinion section, longtime reporter Carolyn Carlson takes on a tough issue. UNM wanted to build a substance abuse treatment center near Central and San Mateo. But residents in that area say there are already too many of those kind of places in their neighborhood. UNM argues that more than half of its patients live in or near that region, and it’s serviced by a reliable bus line.
The issue hit close to home for Carlson this year. Read her story and her thoughts on the clinic, addiction and recovery.
Close to Home
UNM halts plans to build a substance abuse clinic after neighbors protest
By Carolyn Carlson
Longtime reporter Carolyn Carlson pens an opinion column about opiate addiction in Albuquerque.
V.20 No.33 | 8/18/2011
Illustration by Brapola!
Grieving mother calls for teen treatment options in Albuquerque
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Aug 18 2011 11:50 AM ]
As we reported in June, heroin is on the rise in our city. "We know there is a significant increase in heroin sales in Albuquerque, but we just don't know how much is out there," said Capt. Matt Thomas in an interview. "We tend to see different trends in drug prevalence, where it went from cocaine to meth and now to heroin."
At this week’s Council meeting, Jennifer Weiss spoke of her son’s death. She found the 18-year-old in his bedroom on Saturday. She said he’d overdosed. For about a year, Weiss has been speaking out about the problem as the president of the Heroin Awareness Committee. She and others asked the Council to find funding for a teen treatment center. Read the full story.
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