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New Mexico Participates in Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

New Mexico
- April 24, 2017 - New Mexicans have a convenient, safe and environmentally friendly option for disposing expired, unwanted or unused prescription drugs at collection sites throughout New Mexico on Saturday, April 29th, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

This public health activity supports the efforts of programs in poisoning prevention, behavioral health/substance abuse, and environmental health. Proper disposal protects children from accidental poisonings, helps prevent the misuse and abuse of medications, and prevents contamination of surface, ground, and drinking water. Take time to spring clean your medicine cabinets this weekend. Don't flush the pills. Instead, take the pills to one of the drop-off points and help protect families and their drinking water.

New Mexico Department of Health Press Release.

What You Need to Know to Get Prepared for Wildfire

SANTA FE, NM - April 18, 2017 - Wildfires can strike at any time, and during Wildfire Awareness Week, the New Mexico Department of Health and the New Mexico Environment Department are encouraging residents to be prepared by learning more about smoke, fire, and health resources available. Governor Susana Martinez proclaimed April 16 - 22, 2017 as Wildfire Awareness Week in New Mexico.

Organizers of outdoor events, including sports, should know how to make decisions about hosting or postponing activities or practice if conditions become smoky. Don't wait until game day. See the Safety Decision Making Toolkit available at

New Mexico Department of Health and New Mexico Environment Department Press Release.

Prescribed Burn in Santa Fe Watershed April 11, 2017.

SANTA FE, NM - April 10, 2017 - Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are planning a prescribed burn in the Santa Fe Watershed on April 11. Hand and aerial ignitions are planned for the 340-acre treatment area, located approximately three miles east of the City of Santa Fe between the Nichols and McClure Reservoirs. Due to the Watershed's proximity to the city, a smoke column from the prescribed burn will be visible throughout the area.

Unusual wind patterns for the spring are expected to push the smoke north of Santa Fe toward Chimayo, Truchas, Peņasco and Dixon the afternoon of April 11, 2017. Light smoke may be seen in Espaņola and as far north as Taos in the evening, but is expected to clear by midnight. Predicted moisture and high humidity Tuesday night should help reduce smoke production overnight with minimal impacts in the Santa Fe metro area Wednesday morning and clearing the air prior to the Good Friday pilgrimage to Chimayo. Santa Fe National Forest Press Release.

If you find the conditions to be smoky where you live and work, follow the health guidance offered by NM EPHT on
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Content updated: Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:32:06 MDT