Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Teaching New Mexicans to Fight Meth Abuse

One of Attorney General King's most important ongoing initiatives is the fight against Methamphetamine abuse. A few years ago an anti-meth outreach program was researched and developed by AGO personnel and the result was a very comprehensive publication and in-person presentation for parents and school-age kids. Office staffers took the anti-meth message out to communities all over New Mexico. Following the hugely successful campaign, Attorney General King directed that the program be modified and updated. The program evolved into the Train-the-Trainer Project that we have today.

Now, instead of presenting the anti-meth information directly, we are training volunteers across the state to become presenters themselves, thereby further increasing the numbers of people who can be reached with the anti-meth messaging. Each volunteer who agrees to learn the AGO's presentation also agrees to spread the word to as many people as possible in their own communities. Volunteers have stepped up from local police and fire departments, medical facilities, government, and community groups to join the fight against what many consider to be the most deadly drug in the world. Hundreds of people have been trained already and the Train-the-Trainer project continues to teach volunteers around New Mexico.

One of the many free community services offered by Attorney General Gary King's office, the Train-the-Trainer presentation will next be held in Chaves County at the Roswell Convention & Civic Center, Monday, September 12. Please see details below and help us spread the word in your community.

WHAT: Methamphetamine Awareness and Prevention Train-the-Trainer Project
WHERE: Roswell Convention & Civic Center, 912 N. Main Street
WHEN: September 12, 2011; 1:00-3:00 PM
WHY:  The grant-funded training is offered in cities and towns across New Mexico to teach volunteers how to put on the AG's Meth Initiative presentation in order to take the knowledge into their own communities.
MORE INFO: Since October 2010, the Train-the-Trainer program has trained 350 community members in:
  • Hobbs
  • Los Lunas 
  • Albuquerque  
  • Zuni Pueblo
  • Alamogordo
  • Otero County 
  • Carlsbad
  • Roswell
  • Farmington
  • Santa Fe
  • Logan 
  • Tucumcari
  • Gallup 
  • Albuquerque
 Interested community members should register by calling Doris Budris at 505 222-9173 or via email at dbudris@nmag.gov. 


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