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Local Leagues in New Mexico



Substance Abuse Policy

Drug Policy (Adopted 1984; revised 2002, 2003, 2007, 2015)

The term “drug” is meant to include all addictive drugs, including alcohol. The League of Women Voters of New Mexico supports

  1. Drug court programs; ( moved to Admin of Justice )
  2. Treatment for all persons with drug addiction;
  3. Syringe exchange programs in the State of New Mexico;
  4. Rehabilitation programs;
  5. Public education programs;
  6. Close cooperation between tribal, local and state officials; and
  7. Adequate funding for enforcement, rehabilitation and education programs. These programs should be prudently and appropriately funded.

The League opposes mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses.  In general, alternatives to imprisonment should be explored and utilized, taking into consideration the circumstances and nature of the crime. (moved to Admin of Justice)

Alcohol (Adopted 2014)

The League of Women Voters of New Mexico believes that alcohol abuse is a public health issue and can be most effectively approached as such.

To address the impact of alcohol abuse, the League supports the following:

The League’s priorities for taking action to reduce alcohol abuse are

1. establishing education and prevention programs, especially for minors.

2. developing and funding well-organized, efficient, and effective treatment programs with dedicated revenue streams.

3. increasing parental responsibility by means of education and social responsibility laws.