Press Release: Organizations Announce New Initiative to Address the Opioid Crisis in New Mexico

Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) of New Mexico Launches in Española

For Immediate Release November 15, 2018

Contact: Sean Duffy sean@thekenneygroup.com

Española, New Mexico (November 15, 2018) – A broad-based group of healthcare, law enforcement, community and drug-prevention leaders today unveiled a new coalition to address New Mexico’s opioid crisis. The Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) of New Mexico will work in close partnership with stakeholders across the state and focus on programs that help reinforce prevention, treatment, and recovery.

RALI New Mexico launched with a community event at Convento Gallery in Española that brought together state and local government leaders, as well as non-profit organizations to discuss ways to develop a strong support system within the community for those impacted by opioid misuse.

“Having been born and raised in Española, it pains me to see the devastation that the opioid crisis is causing in Rio Arriba County and throughout our state,” said State Sen. Richard Martinez, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “Bringing community leaders together to find strong, effective solutions to this crisis is an important milestone, and I am grateful to be part of RALI New Mexico.”

Among its first efforts, RALI New Mexico will focus on proper storage and disposal of prescription medications, which can help prevent misuse. A prescription drug take back box will be placed permanently in Rio Arriba County to help community members safely dispose of their old and unused medicines. Additionally, RALI New Mexico will help Rio Arriba County develop a plan to begin addressing opioid misuse in an area of the state that is adversely impacted by the crisis.

“Española is committed to a comprehensive approach that addresses this issue, starting with programs that help our citizens who struggle with addiction every day,” said Española Mayor Javier Sanchez. “We all have a role to play. I applaud RALI New Mexico for launching this effort to find real answers that will help heal our community.”

During the event, RALI New Mexico presented hundreds of drug disposal kits to partners and organizations for distribution to area citizens. The kits are among the FDA-approved methods for disposing of unused medicines. RALI New Mexico’s website includes an extensive overview of safe disposal methods, including the use of common household items.

“The scourge of opioid abuse is devastating families and communities throughout New Mexico,” said State Rep. Debbie Armstrong, chair of the House Health and Human Services Committee. “We hear stories daily about the burden this crisis has on our health, public safety and criminal justice systems. Only through local community summits and public-private partnerships such as RALI New Mexico can we truly turn the tide.”

For more information, visit www.ralinm.org.

About RALI New Mexico

RALI New Mexico is an alliance of local, state and national organizations working to elevate solutions to the state’s opioid crisis. With millions of Americans struggling with opioid addiction, the organization provides a platform to share best practices and bring solutions focused on prevention, treatment, and recovery to impacted communities. RALI New Mexico will engage a number of stakeholders, including anti-addiction groups, caregivers, patients, law enforcement, first responders, EMTs, labor unions, employers, health care providers, veterans, and civic organizations, among others.

Members of RALI New Mexico include:

  • Addiction Policy Forum

  • A New Normal.Life

  • Bernalillo County Behavioral Health Initiative.

  • The City of Española

  • Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)

  • Hoy Recovery Program, Inc.

  • NAMI New Mexico

  • NAMI Dona Anna County

  • National Black Nurses Association

  • National Consumers League

  • National Sheriffs' Association

  • The New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry

  • Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)

  • The Psychosocial Rehabilitation Association of New Mexico

  • RAC STOP – Rio Arriba Substance Treatment Outreach and Prevention Program

  • Rio Arriba County

  • Rio Arriba Community Health Council

  • Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office

  • United Way of Northern New Mexico

  • Veterans Against Drugs

  • Veterans Health Council

  • Vietnam Veterans of America

To learn more about RALI New Mexico visit www.ralinm.org.

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RALI New Mexico is an alliance of local, state and national organizations working to advance solutions to address the opioid epidemic in the state.

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