ALBUQUERQUE – UNM internist Dr. Miriam Komaromy, a board-certified addiction medicine specialist, will take part in a roundtable discussion Friday that tackles prescription drug abuse in New Mexico.
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., has organized and will host the event, which will be held at First Choice Community Health in Los Lunas, beginning at 2:20 p.m. Udall will announce a bill aimed at reducing prescription drug abuse and misuse. New Mexico has the nation’s highest drug overdose rate, with 40 percent of those overdoses caused by prescription drugs.
“The U.S. is in the grips of an epidemic of addiction to prescription pain pills,” Komaromy says. “Senator Udall’s bill calls for a number of measures that can help prevent and treat this problem, as well as preventing complications of prescription drug addiction, such as overdose death. The bill will help move the country forward in addressing this epidemic.”
“Access to high-quality prevention services and effective prescription drug monitoring programs is critical to prevent and combat prescription drug abuse, and my legislation is designed to address both needs," Udall says. "Too many New Mexico families have suffered as a result of prescription drug abuse, but we also have a number of people, including UNM's Dr. Komaromy, who are helping us take great strides to combat the problem across the state. My bill builds on innovations that have been developed from lessons learned in New Mexico that can be adapted for use nationwide. Our discussion will be an opportunity to share what has worked in fighting abuse — as well as what challenges we still face — and I want to thank all of the participants for joining me for this important conversation.”
Komaromy is associate director of Project ECHO, an innovative telemedicine program developed at the UNM Health Sciences Center that trains primary care doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other providers across the state how to treat complex diseases, including addiction.
WHAT: Sen. Tom Udall tours First Choice Community Health and hosts roundtable discussion
WHEN: Friday Nov. 8, 2:20 p.m.
WHERE: First Choice Community Health
145 Don Pasqual Rd.
Los Lunas, NM 87031