Narcan http://kunm.org en Overdose Drug Covered by Medicaid http://kunm.org/post/overdose-drug-covered-medicaid <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>New Mexico has the <a href="http://healthyamericans.org/reports/drugabuse2013/release.php?stateid=NM">second-highest rate</a> of overdose deaths in the country, <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/overdose/facts.html">according to the CDC</a>. Now, a life-saving drug called naloxone is not only available by prescription, the cost of it is covered through Medicaid.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 20:02:05 +0000 Marisa Demarco 46864 at http://kunm.org Overdose Drug Covered by Medicaid Data Suggests Narcan Program Saving Lives http://kunm.org/post/data-suggests-narcan-program-saving-lives <div><p></p><p>The New Mexico Department of Health reports that the distribution of Narcan is yielding promising results.</p><p>Often distributed through syringe exchange programs, Narcan works by causing the body to begin immediate withdrawal from heroin or prescription opioids, essentially reversing an overdose.</p><p>Brad Wharton, a drug epidemiologist with the New Mexico Department of Health, says in 2010 and 2011, with Narcan, Santa Fe County saw 12 overdose reversals and 19 heroin deaths; Bernalillo County, 96 overdose reversals and 77 heroin deaths; while in Rio Arriba County:</p> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 22:58:16 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 27396 at http://kunm.org Data Suggests Narcan Program Saving Lives