The mission of DEA 360, is an innovative three-pronged approach to combating the heroin and opioid epidemic.
According to the New Mexico Department of Health, over 1.6 million opioid prescriptions were filled in the state in 2016. Perhaps it is no coincidence that between 2001 and 2016 New Mexico’s drug overdose death rate increased at the same time opioid sales to pharmacies increased. 1
In addition, 86 percent of all drug overdose deaths are unintentional and about 60 percent of all drug overdose deaths involved prescription drugs (41 percent were prescription drugs only and 19 percent involved both prescription and illicit drugs).
Unfortunately, prescription drug abuse can often lead to illegal drug use. Nationwide, among new heroin users, 75 percent report having abused prescription opioids before using heroin.2
The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program, created by Congress with the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, provides assistance to Federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies operating in areas determined to be critical drug-trafficking regions of the United States. For information about HIDTA, please visit the HIDTA website, or click here for more information on current drug trafficking concerns in your New Mexico county.
WAKE UP Albuquerque Youth Symposium & Drug Take Back
Learn about drug addiction and its effects on the family at this free event sponsored by DEA 360 and the Army National Guard. The occasion will also feature live entertainment, food trucks community booths and more.
April 28, 2018
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
National Guard Armory
Register by April 15, 2018. Learn how here.