New Mexico's greatest shame
I want to thank HCN for the excellent article on the Española Valley’s heroin problem (HCN, 4/03/06: Land of Disenchantment). Ten years ago, I was an archaeologist for the Española District. My survey partner and I would regularly find artifacts of heroin use on forest lands, as well as witness the heroin users themselves stumbling back into town after a three-day bender.
No one would believe me before when I told these stories about such a beautiful rural place: Now they’ll have to. Kudos to the young anthropologist who came up with the heartbreaking, yet obvious, truth: This is what happens when you turn Santa Fe into the World’s Largest Outdoor Shopping Mall for Texans and expect the natives to be content mopping up after them.