From the Santa Fe New Mexican.com - Embattled Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr. admitted to battling an addiction with prescription drugs Tuesday but refused to step down despite repeated calls from other elected officials.
“I’ve been battling an addiction with a prescription pills medication and it’s something that’s been rough,” Block said in a small news conference after Tuesday’s PRC hearing. “I’m getting treatment for it. It’s a daily battle.” Despite being asked repeatedly, Block would not say what drugs he was addicted to or how many.
He also declined to provide medical records as evidence of his addiction. At one point, Block said he had undergone therapy but would not say whether he had checked into rehab. “The battle I am facing is a battle a lot of New Mexicans are facing right now,” Block said. “Addiction doesn’t spare anybody. Unfortunately I am caught up and seeking help and doing better.” Block’s statement about his addiction came as the drumbeat for his resignation continues and he faces felony charges in a two-year old case at the same time new allegations about abusing his state-issued gas card.
Block Jr. admits to prescription drug addiction, determined to stay in office