AG Balderas Brings Project OPEN: Opioid Prevention & Education Network Training to Rio Arriba County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 16, 2017

Contact: James Hallinan (505) 660-2216

Project OPEN’s goal is to confront the crisis to make New Mexico families safer

Blake’s Lotaburger will be providing free food and drinks to participants

Española, NM – This morning, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that his initiative to combat the opioid abuse and addiction crisis in New Mexico will be coming to Rio Arriba County next week. Project OPEN: Opioid Prevention & Education Network will host an Opioid Abuse Training in Española on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. The training is free and will expose government officials, counselors, attorneys, policy advisors, investigators, healthcare professionals, consumer advocates, law enforcement and others to the impact and results of opioid abuse on New Mexico communities. It is intended to enhance the participants’ knowledge and understanding of opioid addiction and the countless issues involved, and to afford participants the
opportunity to explore program materials and solutions to addressing the opioid epidemic.

“We can no longer allow opioid abuse and addiction to destroy New Mexico families and the future of our youth, especially in northern New Mexico,” said Attorney General Balderas. “I created Project OPEN in order to combat the opioid crisis in our state, and will continue training New Mexicans who are on the frontlines of this fight at our free Opioid Abuse Trainings. I encourage advocates, law enforcement officials, healthcare professionals and policy makers from all parts of northern New Mexico to attend this training so we can work together to make our families safer and healthier.”

To register for the free training being held on May 23, please contact Tamarra Howard with the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General at (505) 717-3506 or [email protected].

Blake’s Lotaburger will be providing free food and drinks to training attendees. Please see attached for the Opioid Abuse Training agenda.

WHO: Attorney General Hector Balderas, First Judicial District Attorney Marco Serna, Española Mayor Alice Lucero, former cabinet secretary Alfredo Vigil, Dr. Michael Landen, Lauren Reichelt, Ambrose Baros, law enforcement, healthcare professionals, government
officials, consumer advocates, therapists, and the public

WHAT: Attorney General’s Project OPEN: Opioid Prevention & Education Network will host a free Opioid Abuse Training

WHERE: Northern New Mexico College Auditorium, 921 N. Paseo de Oñate, Española, New Mexico 87532

WHEN: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 from 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

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