Attorney General hopes to track methadone users

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas reviews documents related to a lawsuit against one of the nation's largest nursing home chains in his office in Albuquerque N.M., on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Balderas said he decided to pursue the lawsuit following a months' long review of the merits of the case to ensure it was in the best interest of New Mexicans. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)
(AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – New Mexico’s attorney general is teaming up with attorneys general from 32 other states in hopes of tracking methadone users.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, current federal law does not require methadone programs to report patients to the state. Attorney General Hector Balderas and others are calling other federal government to change that.

Balderas says it will help doctors know who’s on methadone and prevent addicts from being over medicated.

New Mexico had the second highest rate of drug overdose death in 2014. 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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