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Rural Communities Opioid Response

Marisa Demarco / KUNM

Federal money to treat and prevent opioid addiction in rural counties would have targeted predominantly white areas around the country—skipping New Mexico. The feds changed their plans after KUNM reported a year ago about who was being prioritized. Last week, the state’s congressional delegation announced that New Mexico will pull down two million dollars more of that funding. 

courtesy of Marcie Davis

Three New Mexico agencies are getting $200,000 each to plan responses to the opioid crisis in rural parts of the state. One will use the funding to do regional-level evaluation and coordination in Rio Arriba and Taos Counties.

Marisa Demarco / KUNM

Rio Arriba County Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution on Thursday, May 24, protesting federal public health grants that are supposed to focus on white rural counties in the U.S.