ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Opioids and Fentanyl are impacting people in ways like we’ve never seen before. In a new initiative to stop overdoses “upon first contact with the criminal justice system,” Metropolitan Court in Bernalillo County just announced the Overdose Prevention Treatment and Intervention – or “OPT-in” court.

This week on the New Mexico News Podcast, Chris McKee and Gabrielle Burkhart host Judge Claire McDaniel and Behavioral Health Division Director, Stacey Boone, who say this is a “community problem that we all have a stake in.”

How will the new court program work? Who is eligible? When may we see the impacts of it? Those questions and more are answered in the full discussion which you can listen to above.

Listen to our previous episode on the Fentanyl crisis with the DEA for a primer on the subject. Click here to watch Gabby’s on-air report on the Fentanyl Crisis for KRQE Investigates.

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