Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative Brings New Mexico Leaders Together to Address Substance Misuse During

State Representatives Andrea Romero and Dayan Hochman-Vigil, NM Crisis Line, and other Local Leaders Discuss Ways to Help Combat the Opioid Epidemic in the State

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The Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) of New Mexico recently hosted a webinar with Code 3 Executive Director Joe Abdalla, New Mexico Crisis Line’s Wendy Linebrink-Alison, and special guests Representatives Andrea Romero and Dayan Hochman-Vigil, to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on New Mexicans struggling with substance use disorders, and what local communities can do to help.

RALI New Mexico is an alliance of local, state and national organizations dedicated to finding solutions to address the opioid crisis. As New Mexicans continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, RALI NM is continuing efforts to safely address the opioid epidemic across the country.

"We cannot afford to let efforts to save lives from addiction and overdose end, and we're doing everything we can here in New Mexico to meet the challenge," said Representative Romero.

"We must let anyone in our state who is struggling know that there are resources available that can help," added Representative Hochman-Vigil.

One resource created as a result of the partnership between RALI and Code 3 is the virtual RALI CARES experience, designed to educate parents, educators, and community members working with teenagers and young adults about the early signs of substance misuse that often go unnoticed. Joe Abdalla of Code 3 took viewers on a virtual tour of the trailer, and all webinar participants shared information about their work to address substance misuse throughout local communities.

To learn more about RALI, early warning signs, the virtual trailer, and more visit www.ralinm.org.

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The Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) supports programs that help prevent the misuse of prescription medicines so that more lives can be saved from the opioid crisis. We do this by bringing together community leaders and elected officials who are committed to finding effective solutions and sharing ideas that will make a difference across the state.

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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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