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Mary Kay Papen

New Mexico lawmakers look to curb opioid addiction

With one of the highest drug overdose death rates in the nation, New Mexico has been working for years to curb what has now been identified by the highest levels of government as a national epidemic.

The state was the first in to require all licensed clinicians to undergo extra training for prescribing painkillers, but now lawmakers are looking for new ways to fight opioid addiction and getting everyone on board is turning out to be a challenge.

After a lengthy debate Thursday, a Senate committee suggested more needs to be done to improve the language of a bill that calls for increasing education and requiring insurance companies to cover medications that deter opioid...

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