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Updated PNS Daily Newscast - September, 22 2017 


The news we're following on today's rundown: Facebook turns over Russia-linked ads to Congress; how Senate Republicans’ new health-care bill could hurt the fight against the opioid epidemic; and Texas food banks prepare to serve the long-term needs of Harvey victims.

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Public News Service - NM: Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention

New Mexico is making progress but still ranks in the top 10 U.S. states for numbers of fatal opioid overdoses. (Pixabay)

SANTA FE, N.M. - The opioid addiction problems New Mexico has battled for years finally are getting some attention from the White House. President Trump was briefed on the issue Tuesday after a drug commission he appointed urgently recommended that he declare the opioid crisis a national emergency.

Fewer than half of all Americans are putting as much money into savings as they should, according to the Consumer Federation of America. (mconnors/morguefile)

SANTA FE, N.M. - Saving money in today's economy is hard to do, but the Consumer Federation of America says it will pay off down the road, literally. This is America Saves Week, and the group is challenging families without savings accounts – which means most of them – to start buildin

PHOTO: Summer in New Mexico means residents and tourists will be heading to lakes and rivers to cool off and relax, but it also can mean greater risk of drowning. Photo credit: Texas Parks and Wildlife.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Summer in New Mexico can bring an increased risk of drowning, and parents are being encouraged to pay extra close attention to their children. John McPhee, childhood injury prevention coordinator with the New Mexico Safe Kids Coalition, says on average 28 people die from d

PHOTO: A recent report from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids says efforts to prevent children in New Mexico from smoking, and helping current smokers quit, are severely underfunded. Photo courtesy of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - According to a recent report from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, New Mexico will spend only $6 million of the $129 million it will receive this fiscal year from the 1998 Big Tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes on efforts to prevent kids from smoking, and helping smokers qui

PHOTO: Health officials hope the DEA's Prescription Drug Take-Back event helps reduce the state's high rate of deaths linked to prescription drugs. Photo courtesy U.S. Army.

SANTA FE, N.M. – About 500 people die from overdoses each year in New Mexico, according to state health officials who are hoping that events such as National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday help the state lower that overdose death rate. Melissa Heinz, prevention coordinator for th

PHOTO: Legalizing marijuana is an issue that New Mexico state lawmakers will likely be discussing in the upcoming legislative session. Photo courtesy New Mexico Legislature.

SANTA FE, N.M. - Legalizing marijuana is an issue that New Mexico state lawmakers will likely be discussing in the upcoming legislative session. State Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino said he plans to introduce legislation that could lead to marijuana being decriminalized and taxed. The Albuquerque Democr

PHOTO:  Hogares is one of the mental health centers affected by the decision to withhold funds.<br />Photo by: Beth Blakeman<br />

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Mental-health centers that dispense as much as 85 percent of New Mexico's mental health, PTSD and substance abuse services may be locking their doors and going dark, because of claims of suspicion of fraud after an audit. Human Services Secretary Sidonie Squier stopped state and

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - An expert with border security in his blood recently made a visit to New Mexico to share his views on a bill now in Congress that would add new wilderness and conservation designations to some areas along the border, including the Organ Mountains. Some opponents of the proposal no

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