Skip to Content

NMSU gets grant to tackle opioid epidemic

A pharmacist handles opioid pills.

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico — New Mexico State University has received a $200,000 federal grant to grow the number of nurse practitioners who will fight the opioid epidemic in the state.

The university said its School of Nursing will use the money to fund a project aimed at expanding the number of family nurse practitioners in New Mexico.

The grant will provide funding for the NMSU School of Nursing faculty members in the Family Nurse Practitioner program to develop a curriculum that emphasizes integrated mental health and primary care.

The program is delivered in a distance-education format, allowing nurses throughout New Mexico and the adjacent border region to earn degrees without relocating.

In 2018, the latest year for which data is available, New Mexico reported a rate of 26.6 deaths per 100,000 people due to drug overdose. That's higher than the overall U.S. rate of 20.7, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

Article Topic Follows: Health

Associated Press


KVIA ABC 7 is committed to providing a forum for civil and constructive conversation.

Please keep your comments respectful and relevant. You can review our Community Guidelines by clicking here

If you would like to share a story idea, please submit it here.

Skip to content