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Phillips speaks at Sunrise Optimist


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Dr. Bob Phillips, right, from the Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Behavioral Science Department recently spoke at the Sunrise Optimist Club’s regular meeting. His talk provided some sad statistics about New Mexico and its opioid and addiction problem. New Mexico ranks 12th in drug overdose deaths among all 50 states, Phillips said. He displayed a chart that showed that New Mexico’s deaths per 100,000 people rated at 24.8 while the United States average is 16.3. Due to the number of overdose deaths in the U.S., the average life expectancy has dropped just over two years in the last 10 years. Phillips stated that opioids are at the core of overdose deaths, but other drugs in New Mexico, such as alcohol, benzodiazepines and methamphetamine also are long-term drivers of this epidemic. Further, heroin is a problem in New Mexico, and individuals often move to this drug when they can no longer get the prescription drugs. Phillips listed several ways in which those addicted to the various drugs could get assistance and presented information on the various groups and medical individuals that could help and how to get in contact with them. The Sunrise Optimist Club presents speakers at its regular breakfast meetings. If you would like to hear these individuals or find out more about the Sunrise Optimist Club and its projects and programs that benefit the youth of Roswell, join the club on Wednesday morning at 6:50 a.m. at the Red Onion Restaurant on West Second Street or contact membership chairman Roger K. Burnett at 575-420-9420. (Submitted Photo)

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