Updated: 09/19/2013 1:39 PM |
Created: 09/19/2013 1:20 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4
ALBUQUERQUE -- Health leaders met at the University of New Mexico on Thursday to talk about substance abuse.
Bernalillo County has one of the highest rates of overdoses in the state. KOB Eyewitness News 4 learned the area with the biggest problem is the South Valley.
About a hundred health officials met at UNM Thursday to talk about what needs to be done to stop it. Many doctors at the meeting said the state needs to step up and invest in more programs that help people with addiction, starting with the top gateway drug.
"Prescription drugs," Doctor Maggie Hartstebbins said. "And then they turn to street drugs, because they can't afford the illegal prescription drugs. It's just cheaper and we know there's a huge problem with heroin abuse."
In 2011, a drug survey on New Mexico teens found higher use of heroin, cocaine, meth and ecstasy than any other state in the nation.