Addiction Policy Forum Launches Statewide Resource to Address the Addiction Crisis in New Mexico
Residents in New Mexico Can Now Find Local Addiction Resources by County
Albuquerque, NM — Addiction Policy Forum, a leading addiction nonprofit, has expanded its Addiction Resource Center (ARC) to include a database of treatment resources, facilities, and healthcare providers specific to New Mexico.
“We lost 499 lives in New Mexico last year due to overdose, according to the recently released and underreported CDC data,” said Jessica Hulsey Nickel, Addiction Policy Forum President and CEO. “Our goal in adding these new resources for New Mexico is to save more lives in the state and see that number go down.”
The ARC includes a comprehensive, interactive website to help individuals and families struggling with addiction learn about substance use disorders and access critical resources. This platform dispels harmful myths about addiction by presenting the science behind the disease in easy-to-read formats, guiding concerned individuals through a self-assessment tool, helping to develop an action plan and providing a database of local treatment providers. The ARC also includes a resource line staffed by addiction counselors, licensed social workers, and peer recovery support advocates that provide callers with substance use disorder information, education on treatment options, and telehealth support. New Mexico residents can call the line at 1-833-301-HELP (4357), Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 4 PM MT.
“New Mexico residents can now benefit from the ability to search through a researched, unbiased database of healthcare providers and treatment centers in their state. They can filter by payment method and type of treatment needed as well. In their moments of crisis, the ability to quickly find this information will be critical for those in New Mexico who are concerned about substance use,” says Danielle Tarino, Addiction Policy Forum V.P. of Health Information Technology.
Addiction Policy Forum, which has chapters in 38 states and a national office in Washington, D.C., plans to continue adding state-specific resources to its database throughout 2018. In addition to addressing addiction through community resources, APF is committed to affecting policy change at the local, state and national levels and raising awareness of the nationwide addiction crisis.
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About Addiction Policy Forum
Addiction Policy Forum is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 2015 as a diverse partnership of organizations, policymakers, and stakeholders committed to working together to elevate awareness around addiction, and to improve programs and policy through a comprehensive response that includes prevention, treatment, recovery, and criminal justice reform. Jessica Hulsey Nickel, whose own family was devastated by addiction, is the founder of a coalition of 1,700 families impacted by substance use disorders and is available for further explanation and interviews by media.
More information on our mission and projects is available at http://addictionpolicy.org.