heroin 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 New Mexico's Top 10 Public Health Stories In 2013 http://kunm.org/post/new-mexicos-top-10-public-health-stories-2013 <p>KUNM Public Health New Mexico reporter Marisa Demarco&nbsp;breaks it down with the highlights of public health news for 2013.</p><p> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 00:05:56 +0000 Marisa Demarco 39935 at http://kunm.org New Mexico's Top 10 Public Health Stories In 2013 A Krokodil Ripped My Flesh http://kunm.org/post/krokodil-ripped-my-flesh <p>According to <a href="http://www.woai.com/articles/woai-local-news-119078/scary-new-drug-krokodil-seen-for-11945671/">WOAI</a>, the Drug Enforcement Agency has “experienced the first case of a Texan being treated for using a new type of drug which leaves the user with flesh lesions and turns the skin a scaly green color.”</p><p>The drug, known as Krokodil, has made headlines in the United States for months, but has only shown up in a few isolated incidents, like the one in Texas.</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 20:24:23 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 39897 at http://kunm.org High Demand, Strong Supply Drive New Mexico's Heroin Problems http://kunm.org/post/high-demand-strong-supply-drive-new-mexicos-heroin-problems <p>Stan Padilla has been using heroin for 45 years. On this cold December morning, he’s taking time to visit an Albuquerque syringe exchange to pick up clean gear for his habit.</p><p>"I just look out for myself,” said Padilla. “'Round here there isn’t no friends, when it comes out to drugs and money, it’s all about trying to use each other. It’s the way it is. It’s the drug business for you.”</p><p>He’s 61 years old, an Albuquerque native, and says he’s cut his habit down to using about once a month.</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 17:03:53 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 38881 at http://kunm.org High Demand, Strong Supply Drive New Mexico's Heroin Problems 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