Community Healing Addictions through Networking, Guidance and Education.
Lincoln County was rocked in September of 2016 with the shocking news that two young people were dead as a result of opioid overdoses. CHANGE was born and the committee has been working hard on awareness and education. Twice yearly, CHANGE hosts the National Drug Take Back Day as well as providing scholarships for Lincoln County high school seniors in the names of the two young men that overdosed in 2016. A 24hr prescription drop box was funded by CHANGE and located in front of the Ruidoso Police Department. In addition, Change is partnering with Lincoln County schools to provide impactful education to students on the risk of addiction with opioid use.
LINCOLN COUNTY OVERDOSE DEATHS
DOWN FROM 13 DEATHS IN 2016 TO 5 DEATHS IN 2017
This year (2019) we are taking on an additional challenge in addressing the extremely high suicide rates in our county.
The N.M. State and Federal data show us that suicide, alcohol related deaths and substance abuse is a co-concurring problem.
Ranking of U.S. Youth Suicide Rates by State
Suicide*** (RR=8.27), an increase of 727.8%
(between 2011 and 2017 in Lincoln County
Ages 15-19 years old, 2017
New Mexico #1 in the Nation at 29.5%
Grades 9-12 Lincoln County, New Mexico, 2017(YRRS Data)
35.7% felt hopeless and sad
Lincoln County Suicide Rate
From 38.6 in 2011 to 90 in 2017
Alcohol Related Death*** (RR=2.3), an increase 133.2% between 2011 and 2017
Question, Persuade and Refer(QPR) suicide prevention training will be offered in various locations throughout the year.
Contact Sergio Castro for more information about our committee or suicide training: (575) 257-6491 or Laura Wilson (575) 258-3252
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