The world benefits from the creation of prescription medication. Affordable, accessible, and effective drugs have soothed pain and saved the lives of millions. As more drugs become available to the public, more care needs to be taken in the storage, use, and disposal of these medicines.
The New Mexico Attorney General’s Office is working with the community to come up with solutions to issues that result from prescription drug misuse. At the New Mexico Attorney General’s 2013 Prescription Drug Awareness Summit, representatives from all over New Mexico met to create solutions.
● Protection of prescription drugs at home
● Partner with pharmacies & law enforcement on drug take back events
● Increase parent-awareness of prescription drug dangers to children
● Announce new procedures in the AG’s drug disposal guide
● New Mexico heroin deaths are up over 65% (2004-2008). When youth in recovery are interviewed, most all say they started experimenting with synthetic heroin in the form of illegal prescription drug use (OxyContin) along with various other “party” drugs.
● New Mexico has the highest drug overdose rate in the US. 40% of those drug overdoses were caused primarily by prescription drugs.
● More than one-in-ten youth (14%) in New Mexico report using painkillers to get high.
● More than 15% of Bernalillo County youth report using painkillers to get high.
To view a brochure on Prescription Drug Disposal click here.
For more information on the national effort to educate the public about prescription drug abuse follow the links below.