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UNM seeks to reduce opioid overdose deaths in New Mexico

Ryan Laughlin
November 01, 2018 07:12 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M - UNM has big plans to make prevent opioid overdose deaths in New Mexico.

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"The primary aim of it is to reduce opioid overdose deaths in our communities in New Mexico by 40 percent in three years,” Dr. Brandi Fink said.

Fink is an Assistant Professor at UNM and helps people beat opioid addictions. She said the plan is to better coordinate resources statewide to have a comprehensive approach to limit opioid overdose deaths.

Nationally, the Center for Disease and Control and Prevention said overall drug overdoses may have topped off.

Preliminary stats show opioid overdose deaths have decreased for 6 straight months and specifically heroin overdose deaths have decreased eight straight months.

New Mexico used to be one of the highest states for opioid overdose deaths. Other states have since passed New Mexico.

"That's not because the problem has gotten so much better here, it’s also gotten very bad in other areas of the country,” Dr. Fink said. “We still have one of the highest rates of opioid-related overdose deaths in the country."

Now, Dr. Fink and UNM are seeking funding in early 2019 for a project to they believe can save lives in New Mexico.

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