GenRx Presentation at Rio Grande High School

As part of the National Heroin and Opioid Awareness Week, the New Mexico Heroin and Opioid Prevention and Education (HOPE) Initiative, a partnership between the UNM Health Sciences Center and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, is hosting a series of education events. Numerous presenters spoke with 9th grade students at Rio Grande High School Sept. 19, 2016.

Photos by Clarissa DuBois, Cyd Gallery

U.S. Attorney’s Participation in Sept. 22 6-8 am KUNM Broadcast

U.S. ATTORNEY DAMON P. MARTINEZ TO DISCUSS HEROIN AND OPIOID EPIDEMIC DURING TOMORROW’S KANW MORNING EDITION BROADCAST

Tune in to KANW 89.1 FM from 6:00 to 8:00 am on September 22, 2016
U.S. Attorney’s Participation in Tomorrow’s Broadcast is One of the HOPE Initiative’s National Heroin and Opioid Awareness Week Events

U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez

U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez

     ALBUQUERQUE – The New Mexico Heroin and Opioid Prevention and Education (HOPE) Initiative, a partnership between the UNM Health Sciences Center and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, is hosting a series of education events during National Heroin and Opioid Awareness Week, Sept. 19-24, 2016.  Tomorrow morning, U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez will join KANW General Manager Michael Brasher during KANW’s Morning Edition broadcast to discuss the HOPE’s Initiative’s efforts to combat New Mexico’s heroin and opioid epidemic, and the events hosted by HOPE this week.  Discussion details from this event will be posted to the NM HOPE Initiative website and available to the public at  http://www.HopeInitiativeNM.org.

WHO: U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez and Michael Brasher, General Manager, KANW

WHAT: Guest Appearance on KANW’s Morning Edition broadcast to discuss New Mexico’s Heroin and Opioid Epidemic

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, 6:00 am to 8:00 am

WHERE: KANW 89.1FM

     The HOPE Initiative was launched in Jan. 2015 by the UNM Health Sciences Center and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in response to the national heroin and opioid epidemic, which has had a disproportionately devastating impact on New Mexico.  Opioid addiction has taken a toll on public safety, public health and the economic viability of our communities.  Working in partnership with the DEA, Bernalillo County Opioid Accountability Initiative, Healing Addiction in our Community (HAC) and other community stakeholders, HOPE’s principal goals are to protect our communities from the dangers associated with heroin and opioid painkillers and reducing the number of opioid-related deaths in New Mexico.  The Initiative is comprised of five components:  (1) prevention and education; (2) treatment; (3) law enforcement; (4) reentry; and (5) strategic planning.  Learn more about the New Mexico HOPE Initiative at http://www.HopeInitiativeNM.org.

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HOPE Initiative launches Naloxone Project (Audio Excerpts)

HOPE Initiative launches Naloxone Project

Below are a few audio excerpts from the speakers at the launch event. 


Commentary by Damon Martinez, United States Attorney District of New Mexico
Naloxone: “New Mexicans are becoming tragically aware that our state is at the center of the heroin and opioid epidemic… The UNM Health Sciences Center and the US Attorney’s office will enlist law enforcement agencies throughout New Mexico to join HOPE’s lifesaving efforts by implementing Naloxone protocols and carrying Naloxone.”


Commentary by Bruce G. Ohr, Associate Deputy Attorney General
Naloxone: "Our enforcement efforts are much more effective when they are part of a larger strategy..."


Commentary by Pete Kassetas, New Mexico State Police Chief
Naloxone: "We had four deployments, and four saves."


Commentary by Dr. Joanna G. Katzman, Director of the UNM Pain Clinic
Naloxone: "Research has shown us that when citizens lives are saved by Naloxone, they are more likely to get treated for addiction..."


Commentary by Jeffrey Hogrefe, Taos County Sheriff
Naloxone: "For me, it's about saving lives... It could be just that turning point that the person needs, to turn around..."


Commentary by John Burge, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, BIA
Naloxone: "A lot of time, we are the first ones on scene... It's our job to show up and render aid, and that's exactly what we did."


Commentary by Maggie Hart Stebbins, Bernalillo County Commissioner
Naloxone: "I'm proud to say that... Bernalillo County's first responders have been carrying and using Naloxone to save lives in our community."


Commentary by Manuel Gonzales III, Bernalillo County Sheriff
Naloxone: "It's not our job to decide who lives and dies... Our job is to remain neutral and to render aid when we get there as first responders."

NATIONAL HEROIN AND OPIOID AWARENESS WEEK SET FOR SEPTEMBER 18-24, 2016

New Mexico HOPE Initiative to Host a Week of Educational Events

ALBUQUERQUE – Following President Obama’s announcement of a “week of action” to raise awareness about the public health crisis caused by the growing heroin and opioid epidemic, U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch has designated the week of September 18, 2016, as National Heroin and Opioid Awareness Week.  U.S. Attorneys throughout the country are sponsoring events geared towards increasing awareness and developing solutions to the growing epidemic of heroin and opioid abuse in our country during the awareness week.
 
The importance of this national awareness effort is underscored by devastating impact of the heroin and opioid epidemic.  Nationwide heroin overdoses have increased 244 percent between 2007 and 2013.  Many of the new heroin users are youths, with an average age of 24 ½ years old for first-time users.  Nationwide, on an average day, 78 people will die from an opioid-related overdose.
 
            In New Mexico, the New Mexico Heroin and Opioid Prevention and Education (HOPE) Initiative, a partnership between the UNM Health Sciences Center and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, will host a series of education events during National Heroin and Opioid Awareness Week.  Bruce G. Ohr, Associate Deputy Attorney General and Director of DOJ’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Program, will participate in the HOPE Initiative’s events.
 
“The Justice Department wants to highlight the incredible work that the U.S. Attorney’s Office and its HOPE partners are doing to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic in New Mexico,” said Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce G. Ohr.  “The hardest-hit communities in New Mexico, including many tribal communities, are benefitting from the HOPE initiative’s comprehensive approach, which looks beyond enforcement to incorporate prevention and treatment.  HOPE is a model for communities across the nation suffering from this deadly epidemic.”
 
The HOPE Initiative’s events will include discussions with tribal leaders, high school students and student athletes, and law enforcement officials, to offer solutions and help raise awareness.  There will also be discussions with local law enforcement agencies and medical professionals about new treatment options and delivery methods for overdose medications such as Naloxone.  Discussion details from the events will be posted to the NM HOPE Initiative website and available to the public at www.hopeinitiativenm.org.
 
“We are committed to improving the health and well-being of all New Mexicans,” said Paul B. Roth, MD, MS, Chancellor for Health Sciences at the University of New Mexico.  “This partnership with the U.S. Attorney’s Office presents us with an extraordinary opportunity to help reduce opioid overdose deaths and help alleviate the awful personal and social costs that accompany drug dependency.”

            “In 2014, New Mexico had the second-highest per capita overdose death rate in the country.  Our community has acknowledged that we are in an epidemic, and we are coming together to take control of our future and our destiny,” said U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez for the District of New Mexico.  “Through the HOPE Initiative, we are pursuing a comprehensive strategy to deal with, and defeat, this epidemic, and we will highlight our efforts in the coming week.”
 
            The HOPE Initiative was launched in January 2015 by the UNM Health Sciences Center and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in response to the national opioid epidemic, which has had a disproportionately devastating impact on New Mexico.  Opioid addiction has taken a toll on public safety, public health and the economic viability of our communities.  Working in partnership with the DEA, the Bernalillo County Opioid Accountability Initiative, Healing Addiction in our Community (HAC), the Albuquerque Public Schools and other community stakeholders, HOPE’s principal goals are to protect our communities from the dangers associated with heroin and opioid painkillers and reducing the number of opioid related deaths in New Mexico.   The HOPE Initiative is comprised of five components:  (1) prevention and education; (2) treatment; (3) law enforcement; (4) reentry; and (5) strategic planning.  Learn more about the New Mexico HOPE Initiative at http://www.HopeInitiativeNM.org.

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