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MEDIA ADVISORY-- HOPE Initiative Partners to Co-Host KANW/Albuquerque Journal Public Forum on New Mexico’s Heroin and Opioid Epidemic

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Mexico
Tune in to KANW 89.1 FM at 7:00 pm Tonight to Hear Experts Respond to Questions about the Epidemic from New Mexico Residents

ALBUQUERQUE – HOPE Initiative partners, U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez and Executive Vice Chancellor Richard Larson, UNM Health Sciences Center, will co-host the KANW/Albuquerque Journal public forum on New Mexico’s heroin and opioid epidemic which will be broadcast by KANW 89.1 FM from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm tonight.  During the public forum, which will be moderated by Albuquerque Journal Editor-in-Chief Kent Walz and Albuquerque Journal Investigative Reporter Mike Gallagher, more than 20 experts from law enforcement, the medical profession, local government and community organizations will respond to questions about the epidemic from New Mexico residents.   A list of the experts participating in the public forum is attached. 


U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez

Executive Vice Chancellor Richard Larson, UNM Health Sciences Center

Kent Walz, Editor-in-Chief, Albuquerque Journal

Mike Gallagher, Investigative Reporter, Albuquerque Journal


Live Public Forum on New Mexico’s Heroin and Opioid Epidemic


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2016 FROM 7:00 PM TO 9:00 PM



The New Mexico Heroin and Opioid Prevention and Education (HOPE) Initiative was launched in Jan. 2015 by the UNM Health Sciences Center and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in response to the national heroin and opioid epidemic, which has had a disproportionately devastating impact on New Mexico.  Opioid addiction has taken a toll on public safety, public health and the economic viability of our communities.  Working in partnership with the DEA, Bernalillo County Opioid Accountability Initiative, Healing Addiction in our Community (HAC) and other community stakeholders, HOPE’s principal goals are to protect our communities from the dangers associated with heroin and opioid painkillers and reducing the number of opioid-related deaths in New Mexico.  The Initiative is comprised of five components:  (1) prevention and education; (2) treatment; (3) law enforcement; (4) reentry; and (5) strategic planning.  The new community education program is part of the prevention and education component of the HOPE Initiative.  Learn more about the New Mexico HOPE Initiative at

HOPE Forum Expert List

HOPE Public Forum

Updated June 15, 2016

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