Free community event raises awareness about heroin, opiod use

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE)- Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins invites the community to a free special event to raise awareness about heroin and opioid abuse in our community.

Our community faces a major public health crisis, a true epidemic of heroin and opioid abuse that is ripping families apart, draining public resources and creating a new generation of addicts.

Bernalillo County, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and the group, Healing Addiction in Our Community, are working to create new strategies for prevention to a community epidemic and raise awareness.

Damon Martinez, U.S. Attorney, District of New Mexico, Sam Quinones, author of “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic,” and Maggie Hart Stebbins, executive director of Healing Addiction in Our Community and Serenity Mesa Youth Recovery Center, joined KRQE’s This Morning team to discuss the event. Watch above.

On Monday, April 11, the African American Performing Arts Center will host the free community event. Quinones will deliver a keynote address at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:00 p.m.

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