Taos Pueblo to weigh in on detox discussion

By John Miller
jmiller@taosnews.com
Posted 7/29/19

Many local addicts have found themselves detoxing in either a bed at Holy Cross or in a cell at the Taos County Adult Detention Center, placing greater strain on the facilities …

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Taos Pueblo to weigh in on detox discussion

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A meeting set for 6 p.m. Tuesday evening (July 30) at the Taos Pueblo Community Center will gather input from tribal members about the possibility of reintroducing detox services to Taos.

"The aim is to have a results-based discussion on how our community can come together to address one of the solutions along the continuum of addressing substance use/abuse in Taos," reads a notice for the meeting.

A social detox center run by Tri-County Community Services on Weimer Road near Holy Cross Medical Center closed in November 2015. Since then, many local addicts have found themselves detoxing in either a bed at Holy Cross or in a cell at the Taos County Adult Detention Center, placing greater strain on the facilities.

Lawrence Medina, Director of Rio Grande Alcoholism Treatment Program, has been working this year to reopen a detox program in town after winning a request for proposal from Taos County to spearhead those efforts, but Medina has faced some opposition to the model of detox he has proposed.

Taos Pueblo's population has also been affected by the lack of detox services in Taos. Tribal members and stakeholders will be invited Tuesday evening to share their perspective.

Dinner will be served at the event. More information can be found by contacting the Tribal Secretary or Aurora Valdez, Taos Pueblo's Community Wellness Manager, at (575) 758-9593.

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