State council recommends 11 ways to cut drug overdose rates

April 2, 2019

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico council has made 11 recommendations to cut drug overdose rates in the state.

The New Mexico Overdose Prevention and Pain Management Advisory Council is comprised of state agencies, regulatory bodies and multiple medical professional associations.

The council reviews the status of overdose prevention and pain management standards and education efforts for consumers and professionals in New Mexico and recommends pain management and clinical guidelines.

The health department reported in December that New Mexico’s national ranking improved for the third consecutive year — from the second highest death drug overdose death rate in the country in 2014 to 17th highest in 2017.

The council’s recommendations cover three areas — training, emergency room screenings, and increasing the availability of the medication Naloxone, which is used to reverse opioid overdoses.