More Work on Opioid Crisis in NM

NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY’S NURSING SCHOOL WILL NOW HELP ADDRESS THE OPIOID CRISIS. THE SCHOOL HAS RECEIVED A 1-POINT-35 MILLION DOLLAR GRANTS FOR THE NEXT THREE YEARS TO EXPAND THE NUMBER OF PROFESSIONALS IN THE STATE WHO ARE TRAINED TO PREVENT AND TREAT USE OF OPIOIDS AND OTHER SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISORDERS IN COMMUNITY BASED PRACTICES.

THE NURSING SCHOOL WILL COLLABORATE WITH NMSU’S COLLEGE OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES AS WELL AS THE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION. AND FACULTY AND STUDENTS FROM THREE UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENTS WILL ALSO PARTICIPATE THROUGH 2021.

OVERDOSE-RELATED EMERGENCY ROOM VISITS RELATED TO USE OF OPIOIDS HAVE INCREASED 60 PERCENT BETWEEN 2010 AND 2017 … AND, IN 2017, THE STATE REPORTED A RATE OF 24-POINT-6 DEATHS PER 100-THOUSAND PEOPLE DUE TO DRUG OVERDOSE.

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