The Heroin Surge
As addiction climbs in Albuquerque, cartels are ready to deliver
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."
Tennis, Serbian Style
The rise of a tennis star and his Burque superfan
For Aleks Kostich, a Serbian-American living in Albuquerque, the biggest war this week is taking place on the red-dirt courts at the French Open tennis championships. The No. 2 seed there in men’s singles is Novak Djokovic, a tall 24-year-old built like an arrow.
The Miracle of Treatment
Medicaid axes inpatient program for drug-addicted mothers
The state's only residential substance abuse treatment clinic for pregnant women, Casita de Milagros, will be closing on July 1. During columnist Whitny Doyle’s time as a mother-baby nurse, she cared for many Milagro patients. She also cared for substance-abusing mothers whose addictions remained untreated.
Odds & Ends
Funny because it happens to someone else.
Rachel Furnari, RN, of Albuquerque Herbalism, discusses common uses of cannabis medicine and how it naturally works within the endocannabinoid system.