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This campaign is to raise the awareness of the risks of prescription painkiller abuse among New Mexico teens. New Mexico ranks third-highest in the nation for teen non-medical use of pain relievers.

What Parents Need to Know:

  • Misconceptions
    • More people overdose from prescription painkillers than cocaine and heroin combined
    • Many kids believe prescription drugs are safer to abuse than illegal street drugs
    • Kids believe prescription medicine is less addictive than illegal drugs
  • Talk to your kids
    • Only one-third of parents discuss prescription drug abuse with their child
    • Teens as young as 12 are abusing prescription painkillers
  • Legal prescription pain medications kids abuse
    • One in six teens abuse either codeine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl or morphine

Learn the Prescription Drug Use Facts:

New Mexico Prevention

  • 2,500 teens between ages 12 – 17 begin abusing drugs each day (2013)
  • 90 percent of addictions start in the teen years
  • 49 percent of unintentional deaths from drugs were prescription opioids versus nine percent from methamphetamine (2014)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

  • Prescription and drug misuse and abuse
    • Prescription drugs are misused and abused more often than any other drug besides alcohol and marijuana
  • Specific populations
    • Youth and young adults
      • Youth ages 12 – 17 or young adults ages 18 – 25 are more likely to misuse prescription drugs than adults 26 years or over (2014)

New Mexico Youth Risk & Resiliency Survey

  • Bernalillo County: middle schools (6 – 8 grade) 2013
    • 4.6 percent of eighth grade students have used drugs to get high (pg. 34)
    • 10.7 percent of eighth grade students took prescription drugs without a prescription (pg. 34)
    • In 2013, 6.3 percent of middle school students have used prescription drugs improperly (pg. 33)
  • Bernalillo County: high schools (9-12 grade) 2013
    • 10 percent of high school students used painkillers to get high - higher than the New Mexico average which is 8.5 percent
    • 9.2 percent of freshmen, 7.6 percent of sophomores, 14 percent of juniors and 8.8 percent of seniors have used painkillers to get high
    • 15.2 percent of freshmen, 19.7 percent of sophomores, 23.9 percent of juniors and 22.6 percent of seniors have used prescription drugs improperly
    • More than 50 percent of students grades 9 – 12 knew of an adult who has used drugs
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  • Pickleball offered Monday through Friday at the Los Vecinos Community Center. For more information, call (505) 314-0240.
    478 NM-333, Tijeras
    3/24/2018 9:00 AM - 3/24/2018 12:00 PM

  • Open Gym Volleyball for ages 16 plus. Membership fee is $12, or free for veterans and 60 years old and up.
    Los Vecinos Community Center, 478 NM-333, Tijeras
    3/24/2018 12:00 PM - 3/24/2018 3:00 PM

  • This Backyard Farming class will cover the whole spectrum of vining plants - from site selection to planting, growing, the importance of weed control, and pruning to get the best out of the vine. Ongoing vine management including shoot selection, leaf stripping and canopy management will also be discussed. We’ll go out in the fresh air to learn the practical aspects with a demonstration and then we will be set loose on the grape and blackberry vines in the heritage vineyard for some hands-on application with oversight. The class is free, but registration is required. Click the attached link.
    Gutierrez-Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta Blvd. SW
    3/24/2018 1:00 PM - 3/24/2018 3:00 PM

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