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Heroin and Opiode Prevention and Education initiative forum

Listen to the forum:

Hosted by The Albuquerque Journal, U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez and the Hope Initiative and KANW radio. It was live on KANW on June 15 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Read news from the forum held on June 15, 2016, at Journal Center

Experts from law enforcement, UNM Health Sciences Center, and Bernalillo County  and other organizations will answer your questions about the heroin and prescription painkiller epidemic that has swept the state.

Submit your questions below by June 5, 2016, and have them answered live by experts. Or email them to

The forum will be moderated by

U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez

Chancellor Paul B. Roth, UNM Health Sciences Center

Experts and Collaborators in HOPE Initiative’s Prevention and Education Outreach Efforts:

Michelle Brooks, Parent of Young Adults in Recovery, Healing Addiction in our Community (HAC) Volunteer

Lou Duran, Prevention Specialist/Event Coordinator, HAC

Diane Gibson, Albuquerque City Councilor, [naloxone initiative]

Brittany Haggard, Chairperson, UNM College of Pharmacy, Generation RX, HOPE Initiative Prevention & Education Presenter

Shammara H. Henderson Assistant U.S. Attorney, HOPE Initiative Prevention & Education Presenter.  Ms. Henderson’s experience as a federal prosecutor includes the prosecution of heroin and prescription opioids traffickers.  She collaborates with DEA and Generation RX in delivering education and prevention presentations to high school students.

Katrina Hotrum, Director, Bernalillo County Department of Substance Abuse & Treatment Program (MATS)

Dr. Joanna G. Katzman, Director, UNM Pain Center

Ava McGuire, Person in Recovery, HAC Volunteer

Susan McKee, Manager, Prevention/Intervention Counselors, Albuquerque Public Schools

Nicole Perea, Chairperson (past), UNM College of Pharmacy, Generation RX, HOPE Initiative Prevention & Education Presenter

Lisa Simpson, [Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center]

Maggie Hart Stebbins, Bernalillo County Commissioner,

Sean Waite, DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge

Dr. William Weise, Co-Chairman, Bernalillo County Opioid Accountability Initiative

Jennifer Weise-Burke, Executive Director, HAC & Serenity Mesa

And others