TAOS ALIVE IS A COMMUNITY EFFORT TO REDUCE SUBSTANCE ABUSE AMONGST YOUTH IN TAOS COUNTY
The New Mexico Department of Health urges New Mexicans to bring expired, unwanted or unused prescription drugs to collection sites throughout the state on Oct. 28 as part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s 14th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Prescription medications can be brought to collection sites from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for proper disposal. The service is free and anonymous. Law enforcement in communities around the state will be participating in the event. Visit the National Take Back Initiative Site Search web page to find the nearest disposal site nearest you. During last year’s event, New Mexicans turned in 4,400 pounds – or more than two tons - of medication to law enforcement partners across New Mexico.
- Mission: Taos Alive Coalition unites the community to plan and implement strategies that prevent and reduce substance use and its consequences among Taos County youth.
- Vision: Taos County youth will live in a community that is safe, secure and drug-free.
This month, the Alcohol Policy Workgroup identified two underage drinking behaviors commonly exhibited by Taos youth that are of especial concern, and which the workgroup will focus on addressing in the upcoming months. The first of these is the practice of stealing alcohol from Smith's and Albertson's, and the second is the fact that Taos High students leave school to drink at a particular spot near Baskin Robbins during school hours. Next month, the workgroup will gather more information about these behaviors before sketching out comprehensive strategies to prevent youth from engaging in them. If you are interested in helping, please come to the Workgroup on November 14th.
* To learn more abut our Strategic Plan or to Get Involved with the Taos Alive Coalition visit TAOSALIVE.ORG