New Mexico to get federal funds to combat drug overdoses

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – New Mexico health officials say the state will get federal funding for the next four years to stop prescription drug overdoses.

The New Mexico Department of Health announced Friday that the state will be part of the new program that will issue an annual grant of $850,000.

New Mexico is one of 16 states that successfully competed for the grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Retta Ward says officials will also be able to reach communities where there are high rates of overdoses.

The funding will help enhance prescription drug monitoring programs, facilitate work with health providers and other goals.

Officials say more than 260 people died in New Mexico from prescription-drug-related overdoses in 2014.

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