Councilor Gibson, N.M. Human Services Launch Campaign about Painkiller Overdoses
April 6, 2016
Councilor Diane Gibson, in partnership with Dr. Wayne Lindstrom, Director of New Mexico Human Services Department's Behavioral Health Services Division, announced today an expansion of the state's effort to combat prescription painkiller and heroin overdose death rates by launching a public awareness campaign in Albuquerque.
Building on the New Mexico Human Service Department's award-winning "Dose of Reality" campaign that educates teens and the public of the dangers of prescription painkiller use, Councilor Gibson with assistance from the Albuquerque Transit Department is launching an effort to increase awareness about naloxone, which can rapidly begin reversing the effects of an opioid overdose.
Posters on the life-saving benefits of naloxone will be mounted by the Albuquerque Transit Department in all public buses and at specific bus shelters throughout the City.
ABQ Pharmacies Stocking Naloxone
A list of Albuquerque pharmacies that are stocking naloxone also is available by calling 311.
'A Fire Extinguisher'
Councilor Gibson remarked, "We want New Mexico families who have a loved one taking prescription painkillers, legally or illegally, to think of naloxone as a fire extinguisher – a tool that they can have at the ready in case of an emergency."
"The New Mexico Human Services Department appreciates Councilor Gibson's efforts to expand on the State's efforts to increase awareness of this very safe and easy-to-administer medication," Dr. Lindstrom said. "Naloxone can rapidly begin reversing the effects of an opioid overdose for about 30-60 minutes, sufficient time to get the person to emergency care and potentially save their life. We want everyone who is taking prescription opioids or knows someone who does to be aware of this." Last week, a New Mexico State Police officer successfully administered naloxone to a woman in Taos County who had overdosed. The officer had been trained under an initiative between state police and the New Mexico Department of Health.
Gov. Susana Martinez signed bipartisan legislation last month to expand access to naloxone and require opioid subscribers to check New Mexico's Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) the first time they prescribe these drugs to an individual, and to check the system every three months for repeat prescriptions in order to reduce drug seeking of opioids.
Here's an updated list of naloxone claims processed at Albuquerque pharmacies.