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Espanola's new police chief gives eye-opening look into opioid crisis

Kai Porter
July 11, 2018 10:21 PM

ESPANOLA, N.M. - The opioid crisis has it Espanola hard. Now, the city’s new police chief has a plan to end the cycle of addiction.

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"On average, our agency responds to a daily call for an overdose," said Espanola Police Chief Louis Carlos.

Chief Carlos became the city’s top cop in May. He got to work right away, trying to get people help.

Chief Carlos says the city has already identified 43 homes that are either abandoned or foreclosed, where people go to get high.

“I've found them in these dilapidated rooms, in this mess sleeping. They've just injected it and they're trying to sleep it off,” Chief Carlos said. “I've found them outside asleep, almost out in the street.”

The Espanola City Council recently passed a resolution, allowing the city to clean up or tear down the 43 nuisance homes if the property owner doesn't.

“We're trying to get these homes up to par. They're deplorable. They're an eyesore and the neighborhood is tired of them," Chief Carlos said.

All of the Espanola’s officers carry the overdose antidote Narcan. Chief Carlos says it’s necessary since the city averages about one overdose death every three months.

Chief Carlos says he will continue fighting the addiction crisis, but his department will need help.

"Our city government has to step in, the police departments, counseling services, treatment services, and more importantly we need the community’s feedback,” said Chief Carlos.

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