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New Mexico AG joins coalition against opioids

KOB.com Web Staff
September 18, 2017 06:19 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Attorneys general from 37 states and territories, including New Mexico, are taking on health insurance companies and urging them to review their policies in order to promote alternatives to opioids.

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Opioids are commonly prescribed to treat pain, but the attorneys general coalition says insurers may be unintentionally contributing to the country's opioid problem by not covering anything else.

"New Mexico is in a state of emergency with the opioid crisis that is ravaging our youth, families, law enforcement, healthcare system, economy and local government agencies," New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas said.

Balderas is one of eight co-sponsors in the battle. The others are from Arkansas, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia.

Other attorneys general in the coalition are from Arizona, California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont and Wisconsin.

The National Association of Attorneys General sent a letter to Marilyn Tavenner, the president and CEO of America's Health Insurance Plans, to address their concerns. Click here to read that letter.

"Massive pharmaceutical companies will no longer be allowed to reap enormous profits by inundating our suffering communities with opioids, and I will hold them accountable to fund our efforts to attack this crisis in New Mexico," Balderas said.

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