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Opioid Prescribing Measures Show Improvement October 11, 2018 - Opioid Safety - Information

Today, the New Mexico Department of Health announced continued progress in addressing prescription drug overdose in New Mexico with its latest state quarterly prescribing report showing improved prescribing practices for opioids. « read more »



Drug Take-Back Day Provides Safe Way to Dispose of Prescriptions April 23, 2018 - Opioid Safety - Information

Expired and unused prescription drugs can be dropped off for disposal on April 28th as part of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s, Drug Take Back Day. « read more »



Reducing Prescription Painkiller Deaths April 10, 2018 - Opioid Safety - Awareness

Today, the New Mexico Department of Health announced that a recent report from the National Safety Council says New Mexico is one of only thirteen states and Washington, D.C., given its highest mark of “Improving” in strengthening laws and regulations to reduce prescription painkiller deaths. « read more »



National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day October 27, 2017 - Opioid Safety - Information

The New Mexico Department of Health urges New Mexicans to bring expired, unwanted or unused prescription drugs to collection sites throughout the state as part of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s 14th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. « read more »



Opioid Prescriptions Significantly Decline in New Mexico July 12, 2017 - Opioid Safety - Information

Today, the New Mexico Department of Health announced that the amount of opioids prescribed in New Mexico have significantly declined, dropping by 5 percent for the first quarter in 2017, compared to last year. Additionally, benzodiazepine prescriptions decreased by 3 percent over the same period. « read more »



National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day April 24, 2017 - Opioid Safety - Information

Prescription pills for disposal can be brought to collection sites in dozens of communities in New Mexico staffed by state and local police and county sheriff’s departments. The service is free and anonymous. « read more »



Governor Announces Grant to Fight Drug Overdose Fatalities February 7, 2017 - Opioid Safety - Information

Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced the awarding of a $200,000 grant from the Pfizer Inc. Naloxone Access Program to fight drug overdose deaths in New Mexico. New Mexico is one of five states receiving grant funding from Pfizer to fund initiatives focused on increasing public awareness of risk... « read more »



Substantial Improvement in National Ranking for Overdose Deaths December 29, 2016 - Opioid Safety - Information

Today, the New Mexico Department of Health announced that the state’s drug overdose death rate improved from 49th worst in the nation to 42nd. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New Mexico also saw a 7 percent decline in overdose deaths from 2014 to 2015. « read more »



National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day October 21, 2016 - Opioid Safety - Information

Prescription pills for disposal can be brought to collection sites in dozens of communities in New Mexico staffed by state and local police and county sheriff’s departments. The service is free and anonymous. « read more »



Overdose Deaths Decline in Nearly Two-Thirds of New Mexico’s 33 Counties September 20, 2016 - Opioid Safety - Information

Today, the New Mexico Department of Health announced that nearly two-thirds of New Mexico counties saw a decline in overdose deaths last year. The department released county-by-county data, which shows overdose deaths decreased in 20 of 33 counties. Earlier this year, the Department of Health report... « read more »



Decrease in Drug Overdose Deaths in 2015 June 8, 2016 - Opioid Safety - Information

Today, the New Mexico Department of Health announced that drug overdose deaths in the state decreased by 9 percent last year. Preliminary mortality data from 2015 shows that the number of drug overdose deaths among New Mexicans dropped from 540 in 2014 to 492 in 2015. « read more »



Increase in Pharmacies Dispensing Naloxone June 6, 2016 - Opioid Safety - Information

The Department of Health reported a significant increase in the number of naloxone prescriptions dispensed from local community pharmacies. Naloxone is an easy to use, safe and effective medication that can rapidly begin reversing the effects of an opioid overdose for about 30-60 minutes, sufficient... « read more »



National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day April 29, 2016 - Opioid Safety - Information

Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced New Mexico’s participation in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday. This day is an opportunity for the safe disposal of unwanted or unused prescription medications. « read more »



More than 900 Overdoses Reversed in 2014 July 15, 2015 - Opioid Safety - Information

The New Mexico Department of Health announced today that more than 900 opioid overdose reversals were reported in 2014 due to the use of the drug naloxone. That’s almost a 29 percent increase in reversals from 2013. The Department of Health has been working with various partners and agencies to in... « read more »



Hydrocodone Combination Products Now DEA Schedule II Drugs October 6, 2014 - Opioid Safety - Information

Starting today, the Drug Enforcement Administration is treating hydrocodone combination products as a more restrictive category of controlled substances (Schedule II from Schedule III). Hydrocodone combination products are drugs that contain hydrocodone and another substance, such as acetaminophen... « read more »



Progress Puts Prescription Drugs to Better Use May 7, 2014 - Opioid Safety - Awareness

There a fine line between prescription drug use and abuse, and the New Mexico Department of Health reports this week progress in reducing the state’s prescription drug abuse problem. The New Mexico Department of Health and the New Mexico Board of Pharmacy announced this week a 10 percent decrease... « read more »



Pain Killer Prescriptions Decrease in 2013 May 7, 2014 - Opioid Safety - Awareness

The New Mexico Department of Health and the New Mexico Board of Pharmacy announce today a 10 percent decrease in the total amount of prescription opioids dispensed by pharmacies in New Mexico from 2012 to 2013. « read more »



National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day April 23, 2014 - Opioid Safety - Safety

The New Mexico Department of Health urges residents to participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Collection sites in Southwest New Mexico as well as state-wide will be set up as and staffed by state and local police and county sheriff's departments. The service is free and anonymous. « read more »