Local students take part in opioid awareness summit

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A special summit is educating local students on the dangers of opioid addiction. 

Around 3,000 students from local middle and high schools have taken over the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho Wednesday. Students will be watching demonstrations from the DEA, the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation, and health and wellness experts. 

It’s an effort to teach kids how to combat the opioid epidemic in a way that’s relatable and easy to understand. 

“I just encourage the kids to grab that one piece of information that really means the most to them and share that with somebody else, and hopefully we can really pass around the information about the dangers of opioids in our society today,” said Rio Rancho Mayor Gregg Hull.

In 2017, nearly 500 people died of an opioid overdose in New Mexico alone. 

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