The abuse of prescription painkillers—and heroin—is skyrocketing among Albuquerque teens. It’s an issue that has taken Albuquerque parents, police and school officials by surprise. We’ll learn why doctors are prescribing so many pain pills, hear from recovering addicts about why they switched from prescription drugs to street drugs and hear heartbreaking stories from parents who lost their children to overdoses. We’ll also hear what the city, state and federal officials are doing to combat the problem. Guests include Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry, New Mexico Secretary of Health Dr. Catherine Torres, State Senator Dede Feldman and Drug Enforcement Agent Keith Brown.
Tune in Thursday, February 23 at 7 p.m. on Channel 5.1 and again Sunday, February 26 at 5:00 p.m. on Channel 9.1..
Follow Up Interview December 2012:
In a follow-up to our Public Square on Opiate Addiction, we speak with Jennifer Weiss of the Heroin Awareness Committee and Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry. The discussion centers on whether progress been made in providing support for those who have been affected by the devastating effects of heroin and opiate addiction?