FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 29, 2019
For Immediate Release: August 13, 2019 (Albuquerque, New Mexico) --
Thousands of people die each year from drug overdose. International Overdose Awareness day is observed on August 31st each year.
The event aims to raise awareness about overdose and the dangers of drug use. The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is holding a memorial for local victims who have lost their lives to drugs. The memorial is being held in conjunction with the Museum exhibit titled “Drugs: Costs & Consequences”. The exhibit from the Drug Enforcement Agency explores the costs of legal and illegal drugs to individuals and the impact that drugs have on society. The exhibit will be open till December 8th 2019. In the "Lost Talent Gallery" are stories and photos of local youth who have lost their lives to drugs.
A victims’ memorial will be held on Thursday, August 29th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. The event is being held in partnership with Bernalillo County Behavioral Health Services. The event is open to the public. Families of the victims in the “Lost Talent Gallery” are invited to attend the event.
There will be a Bernalillo County proclamation to commemorate the day.
A dedication stone will also be permanently placed at the Museum’s “Walk through New Mexico” exhibit to honor all victims of substance abuse. Rocky Mountain Stone is donating river rocks for each of the families to paint and honor their lost loved ones. The stones will be added to the “Drugs: Costs & Consequences” exhibit at the Museum.
“I feel honored to have a voice and share my son’s story with my community,” said Bernadette Miller, who lost her son in 2017 to counterfeit oxycodone laced with fentanyl.
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Image: Lost Talent Gallery: New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
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Established in 1986, the mission of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is to preserve and interpret the distinctive natural and scientific heritage of our state through extraordinary collections, research, exhibits, and programs designed to ignite a passion for lifelong learning. The NMMNHS offers exhibitions, programs and workshops in Geoscience, including Paleontology and Mineralogy, Bioscience and Space Science. It is the Southwest’s largest repository for fossils and includes a Planetarium and a large format 3D DynaTheater.
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