The Santa Fe Prevention Alliance
The Santa Fe Prevention Alliance seeks to create a safe, healthy and drug-free Santa Fe County through the collective impact of our 40+ member organizations and individuals. Members invest the vision, inspiration, energy and expertise needed to build a positive future for our community. With the support of the City and County of Santa Fe, schools, law enforcement, health care and treatment providers, faith communities and many others, the Prevention Alliance is making significant progress towards preventing and reducing alcohol and other drug abuse and DWI. Organizations and individuals who share our vision are invited to become members.
Santa Fe County where no one drinks alcohol before the age of 21, where adults model low risk use, no one drives while impaired and no one abuses drugs.
The Santa Fe Prevention Alliance collaborates to prevent and delay the onset of underage drinking and other youth substance use by leveraging resources to implement culturally appropriate, evidence-based best practices in education, prevention and policy to positively change community norms and youth behavior regarding alcohol and other drug use.
CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center ♦ Genoveva Chavez Community Center ♦ Hands Across Cultures, Corp ♦ Homewise ♦ Impact DWI ♦ Las Cumbres Community Services ♦ Hispanic Chamber of Commerce ♦ Kiwanis Club ♦ La Familia Medical Center ♦ LifePoint Church ♦ Mesa Vista Wellness ♦ NM CYFD / Juvenile Justice Services ♦ NM DOH, Northeast Public Health Region ♦ NM Department of Public Safety Special Investigations Unit and Uniform Bureau ♦ Presbyterian Health Services♦ Presbyterian Medical Services ♦ Santa Fe City Attorney’s Office ♦ Santa Fe Community College ♦ Santa Fe County DWI Program ♦ Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office ♦ Santa Fe Mountain Center ♦ Santa Fe Police Department ♦ Santa Fe Public Schools ♦ Santa Fe Recovery Center ♦ Santa Fe Safe ♦ Santa Fe YouthWorks ♦ Serna Solutions, LLC ♦ Southwest CARE Center ♦ Student Wellness Action Teams (SWAT) ♦ Teen Court of Santa Fe County ♦ Youth Works ♦ Youth Shelters ♦ and many individuals
Current Events & News
Opioid Epidemic: It’s Getting Worse
Lead editorial in the Santa Fe New Mexican today: Opioid Epidemic: It’s Getting Worse. Just last week, a young man told his mom he was ready for treatment for his heroin addiction. July 17th was the first appointment. Six weeks before he can get medical help in Santa Fe. Something needs to change NOW.
No excuses for any of us to hold on to our unused drugs, especially those risky painkillers. The Prevention Alliance is making spring cleaning easy — take those leftover pills to one of four locations around the city: SFPD Lobby on Camino Entrada; CHRISTUS Outpatient Pharmacy off of St. Michael’s Dr. in the Medical/Dental Building; Fire Station 1 behind Ft Marcy Park and Fire Station 3 on Cerrillos. Open daily, Mon – Fri. No questions asked. Call 505-670-4220 for more info.
Great SUCCESS! DWI March of Sorrow/March of Hope and Day Y: Youth Taking Action at the Roundhouse on March 9th
At 8th annual DWI March of Sorrow/March of Hope. Student Wellness Action Team interns held a press conference in the Rotunda, including musical performances and speeches. More than 200 people participated in the moving, silent march to remember the 166 people killed by DWI in 2016 and recognize all who are fighting this scourge. See Press Release for more information and check out SWAT’s Anthony Rivera and AAA Doug Shupe TV interview
Stigma Matters: Please Stop Using the Word “Addict”
Jeanne Block, RN, MS, gave her excellent presentation on Stigma and Language at today’s Santa Fe Opiate Safe meeting and as part of the CHRISTUS CME Program last month. “Addict is a word so loaded with stigma and contempt that it is appalling that we continue to use it.” Her message is powerful. Her message was clear: Think about and change the language we use; use people-centered language that empowers and respects people. Instead of calling people “addicts,” refer to people with an addiction or a person with substance use disorders. Language matters. If your organization wants a presentation, please contact the Santa Fe Prevention Alliance to arrange.
The Prevention Alliance Talks About Overdose Prevention and Narcan on local radio show
Bernie Lieving, Overdose Program Coordinator, and Shelley Mann-Lev, Director, were interviewed on KSFR (101.1 FM) Radio Breakfast with Nancy Show on Dec. 27th about the overdose prevention and response and our Narcan access project. A wide range of topics were discussed including roots of the current overdose epidemic, heroin use in Santa Fe, how to talk with your children about opioids. Listeners were informed about where they can get Narcan (aka naloxone), the life-saving opioid agonist medication that community members can use to help someone who may be overdosing from heroin or prescription opioids. Most pharmacies (except Walmart) in Santa Fe carry Narcan, and Medicaid completely covers the cost. People and organizations can also contact Bernie Lieving (505-270-5943) to arrange to receive Narcan and overdose training.
Pfizer Agrees to Truth in Opioid Marketing
Pfizer, the world’s second- largest drug company, has agreed to a written code of conduct for the marketing of opioids that some officials hope will set a standard for manufacturers of narcotics and help curb the use of the addictive painkillers…Pfizer has agreed to disclose in its promotional material that narcotic painkillers carry serious risk of addiction — even when used properly — and promised not to promote opioids for unapproved, “off-label” uses such as long-term back pain. The company also will acknowledge there is no good research on opioids’ effectiveness beyond 12 weeks. Read More
NM Ranks 49th in US for Child Well-Being
New Mexico ranks 49th in the nation for child well-being and last for children’s education, according to New Mexico Voices for Children. The report looks at education, economic well-being, health and family and community. According to the report, 30% of children live in poverty and 77% of 4th graders are not proficient in reading, the worst in the country. New Mexico also ranks 47th in the number of high school students not graduating on time. Click here to view the national data book.
During Graduation Season: Let’s Celebrate and Keep our Youth Safe
Two thousand families of high school juniors and seniors have received postcards from the Santa Fe Prevention Alliance reminding them to take special care during this season to keep their teens safe from alcohol and to protect themselves from the legal consequences of providing alcohol to minors (a possible 4th degree felony). We encourage those hosting parties that honor someone under 21 to consider not serving alcohol. If you do choose to include alcohol, follow our 10 tips to make your event safe and fun.
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