Poison prevention saves lives! That is why the United States Congress mandated National Poison Prevention Week (NPPW) in 1961 (P.L. 87-319).
National Poison Prevention Week takes place during the third week of March every year; thus NPPW 2014 will be held from March 16th through the 22nd. This week is specially designated as a time to increase awareness about the dangers of poisons and to promote poison prevention.
The New Mexico Poison Center will be coordinating activities statewide throughout the month of March in honor of NPPW. You don't want to miss out on these fun and exciting events! Here are a few ideas about how you can become involved individually, professionally or as a community:
Help us spread the word! Please know that any kind of support cannot be too big or too small. All contributions are greatly appreciated. If you do decide to take part in NPPW, please let the health educator know at firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-272-1364.
For more information about NPPW please visit www.poisonprevention.org or www.aapcc.org or http://www.childrenssafetynetwork.org/news/march-16-22-2014-national-poison-prevention-week.
In New Mexico, poisonings are the leading cause of unintentional injury death and, among all drugs, prescription pain killers play a large role. Prescription drug misuse and abuse continues to be a major public health problem not just in New Mexico, but across the nation.
New Mexico posted an age-adjusted drug poisoning death rate of 23.8 per 100,000 compared with the United States rate of 12.3 per 100,000 in 2010, ranking New Mexico the 2nd highest in the United States.1 Medications account for 57% of the substances involved with poisoning calls to the New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center (NMPDIC), making them the most common poisoning substance class
You may have heard the words, "Spice" or "Molly" a lot lately. These are a few of many names for the relatively new drugs to hit the street called, "synthetics." Hobby chemists slightly alter the chemical composition of an illicit drug, such as cocaine, so that they can circumvent legal prohibition by DEA scheduling; hence the name, "synthetics."
Therefore, synthetic drugs are technically legal until scheduled otherwise. However, with little human use experience the effects of synthetics are unpredictable and highly dangerous.
We need all New Mexicans to become involved with drug - related issues in order to make a difference. Find out you can help combat drug misuse and abuse below:
1 Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; MMWR December 7, 2012 / 61(48); 995: <http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6148a6.htm>; (4 March 2014).