The reality that New Mexico has been dealing with the problem longer than other states means “we have been out in front” in terms of offering things like harm reduction and treatment services. Still, the services that are available don’t entirely meet the need, and there are barriers to access, Wiese said.

“In general terms … I think relative to other states, we are in pretty good shape in terms of our capacity,” he said. “Relative to our need, we have a huge way to go.”

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