Albuquerque forum to focus on opioid addiction

http://www.abqjournal.com/783132/forum-to-focus-on-addiction-to-opioids.html

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Albuquerque Journal and KANW radio are sponsoring a forum June 15 to examine what law enforcement officials call an “epidemic” in opioid-related deaths in New Mexico…

My comment:

Sure wish there was a forum for those suffering from chronic and intractable pain, unable to find treatment, abandoned by doctors, and treated like drug addicts and criminals. But sure, keep funding the failed drug war, because everyone knows that when you restrict the supply, it will decrease the demand.

It would also be nice if there was a forum on the right-to-die issue, as pain patients now have no other options. Thanks, DEA.

“Roughly 90 percent of the 540 drug overdose deaths in New Mexico during 2014 involved heroin or prescription painkillers…”

How many deaths involved only opiates? What other drugs were involved, or is that just too much information to give the public? (I love the smell of hypocrisy in the morning.)

No More Drug War.

https://nmhealth.org/publication/view/help/1832/

In 2014, 450 New Mexicans died by suicide (21.1 deaths per 100,000 residents)

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among New Mexico residents 10 to 39 years old

New Mexico has the 5th highest suicide rate in the United States

In 2014, 3,443 visits to emergency departments in New Mexico were due to self-injury

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