November 2017 Newsletter

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NOVEMBER  2017 


 

TAOS ALIVE IS A COMMUNITY EFFORT TO REDUCE SUBSTANCE ABUSE AMONGST YOUTH IN TAOS COUNTY 

  • 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.
     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. 

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
 
  HIGHLIGHTS

BOOZELESS THURSDAYS 
Boozeless Thursdays are Back beginning this Fall
NOVEMBER  MEETINGS
Shape Your Community. Be Proactive!

• Taos Alive Coalition- 11/1     10:30a-12:00p
• Alcohol Policy -   11/14    10:00a-11:30a
• Rx Drug Safety -  11/16  12:00p-1:30p
• Media Advisory -  11/28   10:30a-12:00p



Visit TAOSALIVE.ORG for more information or Contact Us. 

 

CHECK OUT the TAOS ALIVE MEDIA PAGE.  Stay Current with Taos Alive events, facts, prevention information. Help us by sharing the latest  Video PSAs on Youth Alcohol Prevention. 

Events & News 
FEATURED
Suboxone Certification: A Continuing Medical Education Program: Substance Use Disorder Initiative
• Responsible Beverage Service Training: set up a training for your restaurant or bar  establishment Contact Corrina
"Alcohol Literacy Challenge" - Let us Host a 1 hour presentation in your Classroom on how the Media is manipulated to encourage Alcohol Use. Contact Elijah

• Free Narcan Kits:  for Opiate Disorder available at the Holy Cross Hospital ER. Must go in for an appointment to "identify" being a patient with Opiate Disorder
 


UPCOMING EVENTS
Children's Halloween Party- 10/31
Halloween Teen Dance- 10/31
Ice Skating: Youth&Family Center- begins Nov 1
Youth Hockey Events- Oct/Nov
Skate Park Open- On Going
Taos Talks -  11/7 &  11/21  - Taos Alive Radio on 93.5 KNCE
The Bassmint: Youth Dance & DJ - every Wed. night
Mentors "Big Brother, Big Sister" -  On-Going

IN THE NEWS

"The Drug Industry's Triumph over the DEA"     
Verify: What does the opioid crisis look like in Colorado? 
Trump Declares Opioid Crisis a ‘Health Emergency’ but Requests No Funds
M.T.A. Will Ban Alcohol Advertising on Buses and Subways
A MASSIVE HEALTH STUDY ON BOOZE, BROUGHT TO YOU BY BIG ALCOHOL


Taos Alive Coalition unites the community to plan and implement strategies that prevent and reduce substance use and its consequences among Taos County youth.

In Partnership with Holy Cross Hospital, Taos Health Systems
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