August 11, 2017 – Opiate addiction is a top issue for many states and an ongoing concern in New Mexico. What are the current needs and how much would it take to fully fund the needed treatment options in local communities? Host Gene Grant and our Line opinion panelists discuss the latest news coverage of the opiate addiction crisis.
Line Panelists: Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
Mary Hudetz, reporter for Associated Press/CJ Project
Andy Lyman, reporter for NM Political Report
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy and McCarthy, LLP
June 23, 2017 - Mental health issues and substance abuse or addiction are often intertwined. About one third of people experiencing mental illness also struggle with substance abuse. It was common for decades to treat these issues separately. That began shifting, especially after a medical paper published in 2000 called for treating addiction like any other chronic disease. New Mexico continues to have one of the highest rates of drug overdose deaths. Alcohol related deaths in our state have also hovered near the top in national rankings.
A report by the U.S. Surgeon General in 2016 noted that one in 7 people is expected to develop a substance abuse disorder at some point in their lives but only about one in 10 will get treatment. About 40 percent of these people will also have a mental health disorder, yet only about 48 percent will get treatment. So how do we integrate mental health and addiction treatment to help more New Mexicans? Correspondent Megan Kamerick examines these issues with a panel of local experts in the final installment of our series this month on current behavioral health services.