New Mexico State Representative Andrea Romero

State Representative Andrea Romero’s office submitted these responses to the American Opioid Podcast on 3/8/2019 12:35:06 PM.

What district of New Mexico do you represent?

46

Briefly, how would you describe the opioid crisis in your state?

It's a major crisis.

What are the two or three most significant bills that have been introduced in your chamber to help alleviate the opioid crisis in your state?

SB408 - DRUG POSSESSION AS MISDEMEANOR ; HB290 - OPIOID TREATMENT IN PRISON

What was your involvement, if any, in those bills (e.g., introduction, advocacy, vote pledge)?

I sponsored both.

Have any of the bills passed? If not, why?

We're still in session. One was tabled due to lack of funds. SB408 still has a chance.

What was the most memorable experience you had while learning about the opioid crisis in your state?

Needle exchanges taking place my childhood neighborhood brought it home for me.

If you had a magic wand that allowed you to pass any legislation you wanted in order to help alleviate the opioid crisis in your state, what would that legislation look like?

Long-term treatment availability to anyone who wanted access and stronger laws against prescribing opioids up front, with education attached.