Opiate / Heroin Addiction

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?

3 thoughts on “Opiate / Heroin Addiction

  1. This comment was emailed to us. -Admin

    Thank you so much for this program on addiction–it was painful to watch partly because I lost a 20 year old daughter to heroin in 2003 and partly because things are not changing. She became addicted while in Albq at “TVI”. She was sent far away for Rx and there was no followup available here. The young girls who are recovering are very brave and I will be praying for them. As Steve said, this is a chronic disease and there is no Good Rx in this state–would we allow children with cancer to have no Rx in this state?? Narcan and Suboxone should be at least as available as the narcotics handed out like candy by the docs and the heroin on the streets. I recently donated some $ to a suboxone program in Pecos in honor of my daughter. Anyway, thank you Gwyneth for leading this forum and for those who spoke. Liz Hinds

  2. This comment was emailed to us. – Admin

    As a parent of two teenagers, I would like to express my gratitude to KNME for airing a program that analyzed such an important issue of drug addiction among young children. This serious problem which, is not new in our society, impacts directly many of us who don’t feel easy to come out and speak up about this disturbing issue that often time turns our lives upside-down. Thank you to the wonderful panel for their participation.
    Mikel Matic

  3. Thank you very much for taking the time to comment, Mike. We really appreciate input and feedback from the community, especially about such important issues. I will pass them along to the PUBLIC SQUARE staff. Thanks again.
    Evy Todd, New Mexico PBS

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