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New Mexico has become the first state to require all state and local law enforcement officers to carry overdose kits. The legislation also requires federally-certified addiction treatment centers to provide education about naloxone, two doses of the life-saving overdose-reversal drug, and a prescription for additional naloxone to those who seek treatment. Funding for the legislation’s programs will be provided by both the state, and by funding grants.

Previously, New Mexico was the first state to increase access to naloxone; the first state to release residents from legal liability when assisting in overdose situations; and the first state to allow pharmacists to dispense naloxone without a prescription. The state also increased the amount of training required for all licensed clinicians who prescribe painkillers, and created a system to track pain medication prescriptions to avoid addicts from obtaining multiple prescriptions.

This was reported by Associated Press on April 6, 2017.

Contact Information: Constituent Services for New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, 490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Room 400, Santa Fe, NM 87501; 505-476-2200; www.governor.state.nm.us


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