opioids 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 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