How to get a drug treatment that works into every medicine cabinet

State agencies are having success countering New Mexico’s overdose epidemic by increasing access to opiate antidotes.

 

Overdoses due to opioid drugs — like prescription painkillers and heroin — are on the rise across the country. New Mexico has seen its troubles with opioid overdoses, with one northern New Mexico town once labeled the heroin capital of the nation. Our rural communities, many of which are great distances from medical care or emergency interventions, face a particular set of challenges, different from those seen in more urban areas.  However, a new approach to an old intervention — access to Narcan or Naloxone — is proving to be an especially effective treatment in these rural areas by providing quicker emergency responses. The key: allowing individuals a more active role in their own drug treatment. KSFR’s John Calef has the full story:

This story is part of the "Small towns, big change" project through the Solutions Journalism Network.