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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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  • Pre-registration is required to obtain the Zoom login credentials.To register, please email Marnie at bospace@bernco.gov. Meet with Rachel Carson, who will be played by Ann Beyke. Rachel (1907-1964) was a marine biologist when few women dared to even tread water. Her early childhood was spent exploring nature in western Pennsylvania. She wrote the book Silent Spring in 1962, which revealed the damaging use of the chemical compound DDT. It was banned in the United States in 1972. Ann Beyke has performed in local film, theater, television, radio plays and as a voice-over artist for over 25 years.
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    11/21/2020 10:00 AM

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