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Albuquerque Substance Abuse Treatment Providers Test New Programs
Substance abuse treatment providers in Albuquerque have started looking into innovative programs to improve recovery for their patients.
By: Addiction Now
Concurrently, these professionals have been pressing policymakers to pass new measures to address the issue of drug addiction.
Policymakers recently approved a Senate Bill to ease the operation of crisis triage centers in the entire state of New Mexico. The bill allows crisis management centers to operate in inpatient treatment facilities.
Local officials stated that the bill is a move toward enhancing mental and substance abuse treatment there. They said that more Albuquerque residents with an addiction will stay out of prison.
One of the pioneering policies implemented in Albuquerque to tackle drug addiction has been led by the University of New Mexico, which started letting students have contact with local residents who come into the school's clinic looking for assistance with all issues related to a substance use disorder or mental illness.
Future doctors, pharmacists, nurses and counselors get to either provide immediate care to the underserved people of Albuquerque or they can examine the patients and refer them to other physicians that will offer specialized care.
The state of New Mexico has expanded access to medications that can reverse opioid overdoses and legislators recently announced the approval of safe injection sites as a kind of substance abuse treatment that will be tested in the state.