Drug Overdose http://kunm.org en In New Mexico, Heroin Use Continues To Fuel Crime, Overdoses http://kunm.org/post/new-mexico-heroin-use-continues-fuel-crime-overdoses <p>Heroin is the reigning king of drugs in New Mexico. From overdoses to prosecutions, heroin is wreaking havoc, and to make matters worse, it’s cheaper, purer, and easier to buy than ever.</p><p><a href="http://2nd.nmdas.com/" target="target_blank">New Mexico District Attorney Kari Brandenburg</a>&nbsp;said prosecutions of heroin trafficking and possession in the state have surpassed other drugs like cocaine and meth.</p><p>Conversely, the use of prescription opiates are down.</p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 18:57:41 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 37108 at http://kunm.org In New Mexico, Heroin Use Continues To Fuel Crime, Overdoses Number Of Overdose Deaths Among Women Continue To Climb http://kunm.org/post/number-overdose-deaths-among-women-continue-climb <p><a href="http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6226a3.htm?s_cid=mm6226a3_w#fig1" target="target_blank">New data</a> from the <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/" target="target_blank">Centers For Disease Control</a> conclude that nationally, overdose deaths among women have been on the rise since 1999; and that since 2007, more women have died from overdoses than motor vehicle-related injuries.</p><p>However, officials in New Mexico say those trends are nothing new in the state.</p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 21:05:43 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 31655 at http://kunm.org Number Of Overdose Deaths Among Women Continue To Climb 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