Medicaid to cover medicine for overdoses

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The state Medicaid program will now cover the cost of a medicine used to reverse drug overdoses.

Centennial Care will cover Naloxone which is a prescription medication that can be sprayed into the nose of a person experiencing an overdose from heroin, methadone or prescription pain medications like oxycontin and hydrocodone.

The drug has been used for decades by emergency responders and hospitals.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows New Mexico has the second highest rate of drug overdose deaths in the country provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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