we can regain a healthy and productive life.
Treatment is Effective.
Save a Life
Learn about how to use and store your medication safely; how to dispose of unused opioids; the risks of dependency and mixing multiple drugs, including alcohol; and how to prevent an overdose, and where to get and how to use Narcan.
Prescription opioids are strong pain-reducing medications. Having prescription opioid drugs at home increases the risk for potential misuse or accidental overdose.
Polysubstance Use / Fentanyl
Don’t Mix Drugs and Alcohol – Learn About Fentanyl
New Mexicans are unknowingly taking drugs laced with fentanyl and overdosing. Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times stronger than heroin or morphine.
Learn about Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT, also known at MOUD – Medications for Opioid Use Disorder) and find treatment options near you.
MAT helps to get through withdrawal and cope with cravings to regain a natural state of mind. Just as important, treatment helps people address life issues they might have that are tied to the addiction, such as feelings of low self-worth, a bad situation at work or home, or spending time with people who use drugs.
People can’t just walk away from opioid addiction – they need help. Learn about the types of medication, where to get it and why stigma keeps people from seeking help.
Where to Get Treatment
Opioid Treatment is Available Now
More Treatment Providers Are Available, Including Telehealth
Start Treatment Near You Today.
Stop the Stigma
Let’s change the conversation. Anyone can become dependent on drugs and struggle with addiction. No one likes to feel judged or devalued. 2 out of 3 of us know someone struggling right now. We must reduce the stigma to encourage people to ask for help and recovery. Every community is touched by opioid misuse—rural, urban, tribal, large or small.
Our Campaign Resources
The New Mexico Behavioral Health Services Office of Substance Abuse Prevention has developed several campaigns that can be viewed here. Coming soon will be downloadable resources to share in your community that can be customized to include your logo.
As part of its overall effort to combat substance abuse, the state’s Native American Outreach Program offers behavioral health services across the continuum of care to New Mexico’s distinct Pueblos, Tribes and Nations while simultaneously addressing challenges and barriers specific to them. This includes working with members of each Pueblo, Tribe or Nation to conduct outreach on opioid overdose prevention, treatment, harm reduction and recovery services.
Tailored to meet each person’s needs, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is the use of medications, in combination with counseling to treat opioid addiction to both prescription pain relievers and heroin. Opioid addiction is a chronic disease, like heart disease or diabetes that can’t be cured, but it can be managed to help a person with addiction regain a healthy, productive life. People can’t just walk away from addiction – they need help.
I Saved a Life
Narcan (Naloxone) is a medication designed to rapidly reverse an opioid overdose. It is easy to use and can be administered by anyone to treat a known or suspected opioid overdose. Learn where to get and how to use it.
Anyone can become dependent on drugs and struggle with addiction. Opioid Use Disorder is not a moral failing and we need to remember that we can all change the conversation and decrease the stigma around drug use and addiction. We must reduce the stigma to encourage people to ask for help and recovery.