All across our nation, mothers and fathers have buried far too many of their children because of the opioid epidemic. New Mexico ranks 6th in overdoses, and counties like Rio Arriba have ten times the amount of opiate addicts than the national average. The opioid epidemic has scourged America’s young and old alike. Beginning in 1995 Companies like Purdue Pharma advertised their product Oxycontin in doctor offices and television as a product that can be used long-term without risk of addiction. Fast forward twenty years, 116 people die every day from opiate-related drug overdoses. Heroin, fentanyl, and prescription opiates have created a life or death situation for Americans, and an entire generation is left sick and without hope.
- Establish Recovery Centers and Suboxone Treatment. Recovery centers are essential to ending the opiate epidemic. These facilities provide a full range and function for recovering addicts such as Suboxone treatment and have a proven track record. Centers also work with local communities, create jobs, and provide case management.
- Conduct Outreach and Education in Underserved Communities. The most significant way to address the opiate epidemic is through preventative measures. It’s far easier and cheaper to educate children on the harmful effects of drugs and opiates before they are of age to begin experimentation. Spreading awareness of the issue in the community is our greatest tool for building an opiate free future for New Mexico.
- Support the Comprehensive Opioid Recovery Centers Act of 2018. There is already a bipartisan bill sponsored by New Mexico’s own Ben Ray Lujan. I will work tirelessly to ensure that this bill reaches the floor of Congress for a vote. Congress needs leadership that knows what’s going on before they arrive. The CORCA bill requires more champions, and nothing will get between me and this bill’s passage.