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Opioid Epidemic Trends to Watch: Synthetic Opioids

Dangers from opioids were once confined mostly to opium-derived substances. However, the current rash of overdoses in the U.S. is being driven primarily by synthetic opioids. The CDC reported that synthetic opioids were responsible for 82% of deaths from opioids in 2020. Although fentanyl still dominates the landscape, other synthetic opioids are making their way into use, accounting for more overdose deaths than they once did. The CHERP team, through the Community Opioid Intervention Pilot Project grant from IHS, tracks some of these trends so that we can communicate about them to the communities we serve. 

More overdose deaths are being caused by opioids and synthetic opioids in combination with other substances such as stimulants, tranquilizers or even other synthetic opioids. As an example, AXIOS (Jan 26, 2023) reported that a synthetic opioid, Nitazene, has quadrupled its impact in some areas over the last two years. It may be, “up to 40 times more powerful than fentanyl”, may be mixed in with fentanyl or other drugs, and may be difficult to detect. According to the DEA a common street name is ISO, derived from the full name, isotonitazene. Narcan is still effective in reversing overdoses with Nitazene, but it can take up to 4 times the normal dose. 

CHERP will continue to keep our newsletter up-to-date on the trends that may affect the opioid epidemic. Another resource is the National Drug Early warning system providing weekly updates on a wide array of drugs (

Look Up, Look Down, Touch the Ground

With the short cold days of the season, we tend to not spend a lot of time outside nor as aware of keeping hydrated. When we do not get as much sunlight, Seasonal affective disorder (S.A.D.) can develop. With winter weather, people don't feel as thirsty when the temperature drops, and many forget to drink enough water. A study from the University of New Hampshire found that your chance of dehydration actually increases during the colder months. Even mild dehydration can affect our mood.

Here are some tips (in no particular order) to help push out the winter blues:

  • Stayed hydrated: Drink a cup of water or warm beverage. Grab your favorite mug and enjoy a relaxing cup of caffeine-free tea. What scents is the tea giving off? How does it taste without adding any sweeteners?
  • Go outside and look at the sky: Are there birds flying? Are there clouds? Are the clouds in any special shapes? 
  •  Go outside and touch the ground: Is it warm or cold? Is there snow? What can you see on the ground?
  • Go outside and look at your surroundings. What are three things that are beautiful? What can you smell?
  • Go outside and go for a 5-minute walk

If these tips are not helpful, there is medical treatment for S.A.D., and it is recommended to speak to a medical professional when you are feeling down for days at a time and are not motivated to do activities that you normally enjoy. 

National Condom Week

National Condom Week is observed each year from February 14-21 and was established to raise awareness about how safe and effective condoms are at helping to prevent sexually transmitted infections and unplanned pregnancies. With so many varieties available, including different sizes, shapes, flavors, and materials, there is a condom suitable for everyone. Here are some ways you can celebrate condom awareness month: 

  • Visit a reputable website to be sure you know how to properly use condoms.
  •  Help raise awareness by sharing information with your networks and on social media.
  • Learn more about the different varieties of condoms available. 
  • Explore local resources where condoms can be accessed for free or reduced pricing.

Did you know you can order condoms and other safer sex supplies directly from CHERP? Simply visit to fill out a quick form and have safer sex supplies shipped directly to you! 

Promote National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – March 10, 2023

In 2020, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 30,635 new HIV diagnoses in the United States and dependent areas; of those, 5,450 (18%) were among women. Although there was a 17% decrease in all new HIV diagnoses from 2019, the CDC advises that 2020 data be interpreted with caution due to the COVID-19 pandemic impacts on HIV testing, access to care, and case surveillance activities in state and local jurisdictions. 

March 10 is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD), a day to raise awareness about how HIV impacts women and to show support for women and girls living with HIV. To show your support and help promote NWGHAAD on social media, cut and paste one of the following two posts created by the CDC. 

Post 1:  

March 10 is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, a day to raise awareness about the impact of HIV on women and show support for women and girls with HIV. #NWGHAAD #StopHIVTogether

Post 2: 

Today is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, a day to address the impact of HIV on women and girls. When we reduce HIV stigma and promote testing, prevention, and treatment for women, we can help #StopHIVTogether. #NWGHAAD


Online Supply Orders

The Community Health Education and Resiliency Program provides safer sex supplies (condoms, dental dams, lube), HIV Self-Test Kits, Narcan, Fentanyl Test Strips, and Deterra Pouches to individuals and organizations in the IHS Albuquerque Area. Please use the links below to order your supplies.


Safer Sex Supplies and HIV Self-Test Kits:

Narcan, Fentanyl Test Strips, and Deterra Pouches:

For more information about online orders, contact Kurt at


Fundamentals of Motivational Interviewing for HIV Training

March 14-15, 2023

8:30 am - 1:30 pm PST

Motivational Interviewing is an incredibly versatile skill set which can be used to assist clients throughout their challenges with behavioral change. This synchronous virtual course on Motivational Interviewing (MI) will introduce learners to the foundational content and skills of MI.

During this multisession course we'll describe MI, explore its effectiveness, and review all the elements and skills necessary to utilize MI. This course will be divided into four 90-minute sessions, presented over two days, that will provide learners with the opportunity to practice the fundamental skills necessary for applying MI in their client interactions.

Who Should Attend

The Fundamentals of Motivational Interviewing for HIV course is designed to provide foundational information and tools for providers new to MI who wish to develop their understanding of Motivational Interviewing to improve their client-provider relationships.

The recommended training audience includes staff from:

  • Community-based organizations
  • Health departments
  • Health care organizations implementing HIV programs and services

Register Now

For more information, please email Gerson Perryman-Liahut at

ESCALATE Trainings

ESCALATE Training facilitates transformative and relational change in Ryan White HIV/AIDS Programs (RWHAP) by increasing participants' knowledge and skills to recognize and address HIV-related stigma within their organizations and communities they serve. This happens through a deepening awareness of and practices for cultural humility amongst people with HIV. Trainers create an equitable and transformative environment for RWHAP providers to learn with and from their people with HIV partners.

Upcoming ESCALATE Trainings:

  • San Francisco, CA (Native) - March 12 - 17, 2023
  • Las Vegas, NV - Dates Pending
  • Memphis, TN - May 14 - 19, 2023
  • Charlotte, NC - June 18 - 23, 2023
  • Bronx, NY (Dual: English and Spanish) - July 16 - 21, 2023
  • Detroit, MI - August 13 - 18, 2023

Register Now

For more information, please email Christopher J. Paisano at

Biomedical HIV Prevention Summit

April 11-12, 2023

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV

The 2023 Biomedical HIV Prevention Summit is coming to Las Vegas, NV on April 11-12, 2023. Now in it's seventh year, the Summit's continuing focus has been on the implementation of biomedical tools in our prevention and treatment efforts to ultimately end the HIV epidemic in communities.

This year's Summit will lean into sex and pleasure. Since sex is the main way that HIV is transmitted, we need to focus on consensual sex in all of its iterations. We'll talk about kink, fetishes, sex work, etc. in an open, honest, and frank way. After all, if we can't talk about sex, how can we talk about HIV prevention?

For more information


Register for the Hope in Healing Summit Here
Register for the Circle of Harmony Conference Here

NM Community Planning and Action Group Meetings - March 10, 2023

To join the NM CPAG list serve, email Andrew Gans at

If you have events you want to include on our monthly newsletter, please send to Kurt at

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