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Nationally, opioid overdose deaths continue to skyrocket but New Mexico, a long time leader in drug overdose deaths, has seen a slight decline.
State officials say that decline is, in part, due to better prescribing practices for opioids like oxycodone and hydrocodone, as a result of a state law mandating that health care providers check a patient’s prescription history in the state’s Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) database when prescribing opioids.
“The policy interventions we have made as a state aim to end this drug epidemic and reduce the tragic loss of life in New Mexico,” said Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Lynn Gallagher. “Our concentrated efforts to reduce opioid over-prescribing is ultimately improving our ability to identify and offer help to those at risk.”