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8:20 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Udall Speaking About Prescription Drug Abuse At Ruidoso High School

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)
  On Monday, U.S. Senator Tom Udall holds a roundtable discussion with counselors, administrators and advocates at Ruidoso High School to discuss the impact of prescription drug abuse on teens, the steps communities can take to curb prescription drug abuse and ways Udall can partner with local communities to help prevent and treat abuse. Media are welcome to attend the meeting.   Earlier this month, Udall introduced the Increasing the Safety of Prescription Drug Use Act to combat prescription drug abuse and misuse and improve treatment options within New Mexico communities. New Mexico has one of the highest drug overdose rates in the nation, with 40 percent of those overdoses caused by prescription drugs. Teenagers are an especially high-risk population and this discussion aims to better understand why.  “This is a serious problem in New Mexico and the across the nation, and it needs an all-hands-on-deck approach,” said Udall. “We need teens, parents, teachers, administrators, community leaders and all levels of government to come together and address this very real problem in our communities. I'm looking forward to this conversation in Ruidoso, which is combating this issue in a unique way.”  Monday, December 2, 2013 WHAT:  Udall Discusses Strategies to Curb Prescription Drug Abuse Among Teens with Ruidoso High School Community MembersTIME:  1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.WHERE: Ruidoso High School125 Warrior Dr. Ruidoso, NM