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MEDIA ADVISORY-- U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez Joins KANW and the Albuquerque Journal for a Special Radio Broadcast 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 5:00 pm Today

ALBUQUERQUE – U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez will join KANW General Manager Michael Brasher and Albuquerque Journal Investigative Reporter Mike Gallagher for a KANW special broadcast on New Mexico’s heroin and opioid epidemic at 5:00 pm this afternoon.  Today’s special broadcast will identify some of the issues that will be addressed by more than 20 experts during the KANW/Albuquerque Journal live public forum on heroin and opioid prevention and education that will be broadcast by KANW from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Wednesday, June 15, 2016.  HOPE Initiative partners, U.S. Attorney Martinez and Executive Vice Chancellor Richard Larson, UNM Health Sciences Center, will co-host the public forum.


U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez

Michael Brasher, General Manager, KANW

Mike Gallagher, Investigative Reporter, Albuquerque Journal


Special Broadcast on New Mexico’s Heroin and Opioid Epidemic


MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2016 AT 5:00 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

Updated June 13, 2016

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