According to his office down in the capital, public reaction was running "97 to 3" in favor of the governor's position. (He declined.) A bill he endorsed to give legal goahead for public servants to administer the opiate overdose-blocking drug naloxone passed the Senate unanimously -- and yet, at the same time, Johnson suspected that his future as an elected official could be washed up. Law enforcement, community activists, and parents throughout New Mexico were enraged.
At a gathering at the Albuquerque Police Academy, Sandoval county sheriff Ray Rivera called for Johnson's resignation.
Some of the EspaÃ±ola valley's already existing programs were beneficiaries of this focus. A norteÃ±o named Abe Torres had started Hoy thirty years before when he shuttled alcoholics the hour-and-a-half across the mountains to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in Las Vegas.
It now had a residential and outpatient facility on Paseo de OÃ±ate.
Carlos Martinez died from a mix of heroin, cocaine, and alcohol.
Upon returning home from her own rehab, Norman Valdez's wife found him dead of a morphine overdose; he had been in recovery at Amistad.
"I need chiva."I am still horrified at what I did next for I was momentarily filled with the bravado of having beat the dealers out of town. Over in Chamita Thomas Rodriguez's girlfriend discovered his cold body lying next to a spoon cooker and syringe.
In October EspaÃ±ola Hospital treated nine people for overdoses; two died. "Physiologically there's nothing more addictive to the human body than heroin," EspaÃ±ola's police chief Wayne Salazar told the Albuquerque Journal. It's just traumatic." A Chimayoso named Alfonso Martinez succumbed in January.
The subject matter was mountains, and since poppy and coca are often grown in mountain regions, the films to be shown that afternoon would be about drugs. The glitch: people displaced to mass society typically seek fulfillment outside the ceremonial container that has traditionally guided the experience and given it meaning.
I crumpled into a heap of sobs for my insensitivity.
Go pray for yourself."Inside the house, on my desk, lay a neon-orange flyer with phone numbers to call to get help.
With grants from foundations, the state, and federal agencies Hoy was able, as director Ben Tafoya put it, to "diversify" -- expanding to administer DWI programs for courts and setting up a much-needed referral service to residential treatment.
Hands Across Cultures had been founded in 1995 by Harry Montoya.