Health Providers In New Mexico Come Together To Spread Awareness And Educate Their Community
In Honor of SAMHSA's 'Recovery Month' a partnership of local health centers in Tao County have organized a conference event to spread awareness. The event will be held at the Kachina Lodge on Thursday September 21st at 5:30 p.m.
They have headlined the event as “Strengthening Families and Communities,” they hope to provide education and mindfulness on substance abuse and the importance of treatment.
For the past 27 years, September has been recognized as "Recovery Month" across our nation. Since it began, it has been celebrated by millions of people from all over. Not only to recovery centers and their counselors celebrate their achievements, but the people who have come out of recovery sober and stronger than ever use this time to celebrate themselves. Also, this time is taken to spread extra awareness to those in the community.
Five privately owned treatment centers in Taos County have teamed up with two state run organizations to make this event possible, including: Taos Alive Coalition, Golden Willow Counseling, Río Grande Alcoholism Treatment Program, Holy Cross Hospital, New Mexico Office of Peer Recovery and Engagement and New Mexico Department of Human Services Behavioral Health Services Division. They want to show the community that it is important to come together in these times of need.
The organizers of the event are encouraging local people in recovery to come share the stories of their journeys. It is vital for others to know the harsh realities of how addiction can tear someones life apart.
With statistics from the New Mexico Department of Health, 8 out of the 10 top causes of death in the state is related to substance abuse in some way.
The shocking truth is that substance abuse issues can open doors to more permanent health problems in the body. Things like malignant neoplasms, heart disease, unintentional injury, respiratory disease, cerebrovascular diseases, diabetes, liver disease, cancer, suicidal ideologies and respiratory failure due to overdose, can be a result of addiction and effect you for life.
Alcohol related deaths have been the leading cause of death in New Mexico and have been recorded as the highest rates in the country for the past 30 years.
It has been reported that between 2011 and 2015, 9 out of every 100,000 residents in Taos County have died in fatal car accidents with alcohol being the main cause; While 89 out of those 100,000 are suffering from a life threatening liver condition as a result of the alcoholism.
In New Mexico during 2015, statistics have shown that 47% of drug-related deaths have been caused by prescription pain killers, while 37% have died from heroin overdose. This shows the 89th highest recorded death rate in America.
As for Taos County alone, out of every 100,000 people, reports show that 32.5 people have died from some type of drug overdose. Out of 27 other counties in the state, these numbers prove they have the seventh highest death rate.
The forum event will be free and provide tons of educational resources. There will be refreshments served as well.