The Taos Alive Coalition, its staff and Coalition Members will
It is the intent of Taos Alive and its workgroup is to prevent and reduce the abuse of opioids or methamphetamines and the abuse of prescription medications among youth ages 12-18 in communities throughout the United States.
Goal 1: Reduce 30-day use of prescription drugs from 7.2% as reported in 2015 by 15% for youth ages 12 - 18 as measured by the YRRS Survey by June 14, 2021.
Objective 1: Decrease the total number of Morphine Milligram Equivalent (MME) sold per 10,000 population from 25 in 2015 to 23.75 by June 14, 2021, as reported by DEA ARCOS Sales Data.
Strategy 1: Promote proper usage of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PMP)
Objective 2: Increase the number of prescription/opioid drugs drop boxes in the community at non-law enforcement locations as measured by increasing from 0 to at least 1 by June 14, 2021, as reported by DEA registered locations.
Strategy 1: Place disposal unit in at least one non-law enforcement location.
Objective 3: Decrease the number of opioids prescribed by Emergency Department prescribers at Holy Cross Hospital as measured by a 10% decrease off of baseline by June 14, 2021, as reported by the “PMP”.
Strategy 1: Work with ED Department to update and follow Opioid Prescribing Guidelines
Goal 2: Increase Taos Alive Prescription drug/opioid misuse prevention workgroup's capacity to create community-level change by 15% by June 14, 2021, as reported by the Community Coalition Annual Survey.
Objective 1: Increase the amount and quality of data collected by Taos Alive coalition on Prescription Drug/opioid abuse by Taos County youth ages 13-18 by as measured by the implementation of at least 1 new quantitative data collection methods and 1 new qualitative data collection methods June 14, 2021.
Strategy 1: Increase the data collection to better understand the current local youth opioid, methamphetamine, and/or prescription medication abuse issues in the community.
Objective 2: Provide prescription drug/opioid specific training to 5 coalition members, and 2 staff members 2 by June 14, 2021, as reported by training attendance certificates.
Strategy 2: Provide specialized training and technical assistance to help increase the effectiveness of the prescription drug/opioid misuse workgroup of Taos Alive.