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ADDICTION IN NEW MEXICO: LA CULTURA CURA / by Maria Hinojosa | February 15, 2013

ADDICTION IN NEW MEXICO: LA CULTURA CURA

The state of New Mexico has the highest rate of drug-related deaths in the nation. Hispanics and Native Americans have borne the brunt of this devastation. In Albuquerque’s historically Latino South Valley neighborhood, black tar heroin has plagued families for generations. And prescription opiates have become an even bigger problem. But these days, the community is tapping into centuries-old cultural practices to help addicts find a new path to recovery. The core value here is respect.


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 Megan Kamerick has been a journalist for 20 years, working in Milwaukee, San Antonio, New Orleans and Albuquerque. She is currently the host and producer of Public Square at New Mexico PBS. She is also an independent public radio producer and does a woman’s newscast regularly for Women’s Focus on KUNM in Albuquerque. Megan received awards for investigative pieces, arts coverage, environmental stories, profiles, breaking news, radio interviews and her portrayal of women. She was named outstanding small business journalist in New Mexico by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s New Mexico office. Megan holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in journalism from Marquette University. She is the immediate past president of the Journalism & Women Symposium. Her talk on women and media, delivered at TEDx Albuquerque, is now featured on the organization’s national site, www.ted.com.

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noel says:

I love all the show the Maria enojosa play iam a Latino from el Salvador keep going please it help me a lot Latino USA is #1 for me keep up the good work Maria enojosa ss Noel Funes.

Jasmin J says:

Me alegro de que los latinos en Nuevo México están dejando atrás las drogas y están recurriendo a las viejas tradiciones culturales y la terapia. Tal vez esto es sólo el comienzo de una población fuerte hispanos y nativos americanos.

David says:

This is great. If possible, I’d love to notified if you do another show — about indigenous healing. Thanks.

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