District 5

Bernalillo County Continues to Fight the Opioid Crisis with a New Medication on the CARE Campus


Suboxone is a recently approved drug that combats the painful and difficult disease of addiction. The drug is used for heroin and opioid addiction treatment, Suboxone has proven to be an important contribution to medication assisted treatment. The Bernalillo County Department of Behavioral Health Services is committed to the ongoing treatment of the opioid crisis and has officially begun the induction of Suboxone at the CARE campus.

The Bernalillo County Department of Behavioral Health Services is beginning medication assisted treatment (MAT) for detox and through induction at the CARE Campus, formerly known as MATS. The ongoing treatment of opioid addiction at the campus will now include Suboxone with referral to community based providers for continued maintenance. The collaboration between the county and the University of New Mexico Hospitals (UNMH) is working to increase the access to appropriate care for opioid addiction within our community.

Suboxone is a medication containing buprenorphine and naloxone, combined in a single tablet. Buprenorphine works by acting on the brain’s opiate receptors to relieve withdrawal and cravings without prompting the same intense high or dangerous side effects as other opioids.

“I am proud of the Department of Behavioral Health Services for their steadfast commitment to treating the opioid addiction within Bernalillo County. The use of medicated assisted treatment is important to the recovery of our clients and with medication such as Suboxone, we can combat addiction,” said Charlene Pyskoty, County Commission vice chair. “When we treat addiction as a medical condition we can break the cycle of drug-related crime and homelessness.”

Improving access to prevention, treatment and recovery services, is a focus of the county’s ongoing work to reduce the scope of the opioid crisis. The county is committed to addressing the national crisis of opioid addiction on all fronts, with a significant focus on decreasing exposure to opioids and preventing new addiction by taking steps to encourage more appropriate prescribing; supporting the treatment of those with opioid use disorder, and promoting the development of improved forms of MAT.

You can read more about behavioral health services online at www.bernco.gov/dbhs.

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