Doña Ana County

COUNTY’S OPIOID OD-PREVENTION PROGRAM GOING STRONG

COUNTY’S OPIOID OD-PREVENTION PROGRAM GOING STRONG

 

            Doña Ana County opioid overdose prevention program is continuing to reduce the number of prescription drug opioid overdose-related deaths and adverse events through the grant awarded by the New Mexico Office of Substance Abuse Prevention that facilitates training of non-traditional first responders and key community sectors and the distribution of the opioid overdose reversal drug, Narcan.
            Since January of 2017, 2,303 Narcan kits have been distributed in the community, including to 47 agencies; 616 individuals have been trained in its use and 24 opioid overdose reversals have been reported.
            From 2012 through 2016, there have been 166 deaths in Doña Ana County due to drug overdose and 584 overdose emergency room visits. 
            The program has also been awarded unused opioid medication disposal packets by the AmerisourceBergen Foundation. The county has been provided 2,000 DisposeRX packets, a simple prescription drug disposal solution that uses non-toxic polymers to permanently deactivate unused prescription medications including powders, pills, tablets, capsules, liquids, and patches.
             “I’m thrilled that we have an additional resource for people to dispose of unused  medications privately in their homes,” said Athena Huckaby with the prevention program. “If people, for whatever reason, don’t feel comfortable disposing of unused medications at our drop-box location at the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office, or prefer not to wait for a prescription drug take back day, we have this resource available to them.”
            Any member of the public interested in receiving these free drug deactivation packets and/or Narcan can contact Huckaby, who oversees the Narcan inventory and conducts opiate overdose prevention, recognition and response trainings in the community. She can be reached at (575) 525-5834 or by email at athenah@donaanacounty.org
            For more information on opioid prevention, treatment and recovery in New Mexico, visit www.doseofrealitynm.com
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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (575) 525-5801.
 

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