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Alamogordo drug treatment clinic set to close

August 1, 2019

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — A clinic that provides opioid abuse treatment in the Tularosa Basin is set to close after its doctor announced he’s moving to Albuquerque.

The Alamogordo Daily News reports the White Sands Family Practice Clinic in Alamogordo, New Mexico, will shut its doors Aug. 30.

Gilberto Heredia says he is leaving for a change of pace but also due to the “increasing regulatory burden in the health care industry.”

Heredia says it’s difficult for small clinics to function because of the regulations.

Alamogordo Police Chief Brian Peete says he believes White Sands Family Practice Clinic is the largest provider of opioid use disorder treatment in the Otero County area.

Peete says he hopes another medical organization will step in to fill the gap.

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Information from: Alamogordo Daily News, http://www.alamogordonews.com

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