89.9 FM Live From The University Of New Mexico
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

N.M. To Get Nearly $5 Million To Fight Opioid Epidemic

Ed Williams

New Mexico will receive $4.8 million in federal dollars for opioid treatment and prevention this year. The money comes from the 21st Century Cures Act, a bill signed by President Obama in December that gives states new funding to fight the opioid epidemic. 

At just under $5 million, New Mexico’s share is smaller than many other states. But Rio Arriba County Human Services Director Lauren Reichelt says the funding could still give a much-needed boost to the state’s struggling treatment and recovery programs. 

"Well I think it will certainly help. I certainly doubt it will eliminate the problem," Reichelt said. "That’s going to take a much more sustained effort over a period of time."

A state Human Services Department spokesman said in an email that the money will go to supplement the state’s existing opioid programs, to increase access to treatment, and to pay for addiction prevention and education programs, among other things.

The federal funding comes in two rounds, and New Mexico will get another $4.8 million to spend on addiction treatment and recovery next year.

Ed Williams came to KUNM in 2014 by way of Carbondale, Colorado, where he worked as a public radio reporter covering environmental issues. Originally from Austin, Texas, Ed has reported on environmental, social justice, immigration and Native American issues in the U.S. and Latin America for the Austin American-Statesman, Z Magazine, NPR’s Latino USA and others. In his spare time, look for Ed riding his mountain bike in the Sandias or sparring on the jiu-jitsu mat.
Related Content