Need For Program
Taos County communities are struggling with an epidemic of drug and alcohol abuse that is destroying our families and hurting our community. Substance abuse is impacting “Rural America” and our detention center, court system, and our hospital have become a revolving door with a very high rate of recidivism among substance users. The New Mexico Department of Health’s Substance Abuse Epidemiology Profile show below that Taos County consistently ranks as one of the most troubled Counties in the State:
Death is not the only consequence of Taos County’s substance abuse problem. Other ramifications include heightened rates of domestic violence, crime, poverty, unemployment, motor vehicle crashes and other injuries, as well as health problems like chronic liver disease and mental illness. Below are the demographics of Taos County to help ascertain the population that will be served:
Taos County Demographics- Key Indicators
Considering the current socioeconomic factors as highlighted above, males experience higher rates of substance abuse than females. Hispanics and Native Americans experience the highest death rates. The populations of focus will be men and women who are eligible for Medicaid or are indigent.