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The Line: Monitoring Prescription Pain Medicine

1306 Line Opioids

August 9, 2019 – Gene Grant and The Line opinion panelists examine the disproportionately high rate of opioids dispensed by one drugstore in Española from 2006 to 2012.  Opioid prescription rates have dropped since then, but The Line questions whether red flags should have been raised sooner, the state’s efforts to control prescription pain medicine, and whether someone should ultimately be held accountable.

Line Panelists:
Lonna Atkeson, UNM Political Science professor
Eric Griego, former NM state senator
Sophie Martin, attorney
Kristelle Siarza, CEO, Siarza Social Digital

For Further Reading:

Española Walgreens pegged at center of New Mexico’s opioid epidemicSanta Fe New Mexican

Prescription Monitoring Program – New Mexico Board of Pharmacy

Drilling into the DEA’s pain pill database  – The Washington Post

Generations Of Opiate Addiction Shapes Families And Communities

Erin Borrego


February 3, 2017 - KUNM public health reporter Ed Williams sits down this week with producer Sarah Gustavus to talk about his reporting project, "Enduring Addiction." His reporting follows the lives of families and health leaders in Española, painting a comprehensive picture of the opioid epidemic from the perspective of the people who have been living through it for generations.

Find all of the features on the special series page: Enduring Addiction