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

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