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Poverty, Drugs – Welcome to New Mexico

Poverty, Drugs - Welcome to New Mexico

When measuring the number of poor, the lack of strong universities and educated population, the State of New Mexico falls below most states in the United States. A new movie called “The Providers” studies the challenges that this state faces through the eyes of three health care workers who take care of the aged as well as provide support to alcohol and opioid addiction. The New Mexico opioid epidemic is now one of the worst in the United States.

The health workers in this movie do not pass judgement but must live in circumstances that are shockingly real, as they look after middle aged people who have stomach and liver diseases from alcohol abuse. High schools and universities in New Mexico are failing and this helps explain the lack of new business investment in the state. 

One young woman featured in the movie has a heroin addiction and is pregnant. The area which these three social workers cover is larger than the state of Connecticut. 

One young real life actor in the movie has sold cocaine to help his mother pay the mortgage while his sister is addicted to methamphetamine. There are entire families that are addicted to drugs and need government support at all levels. The film is scheduled to air on PBS on Monday. 

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