A northern New Mexico county near an area of the country devastated by heroin and opioid addiction is boosting access to a life-saving drug.

Santa Fe County announced Monday it is joining Santa Fe Public Schools and a prevention group to purchase Narcan.

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Narcan, whose generic name is naloxone, is a prescription drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.

The Santa Fe County has one of the highest overdose death rates in the state. Nearby Rio Arriba County as the highest rate.

The most recent federal data available shows New Mexico is second only to West Virginia in per-capita deaths primarily due to prescription and illegal opioid drugs.