All students in sports or extracurricular activities at Albuquerque Public Schools La Cueva High are required to attend an alcohol and drug awareness assembly… School coaches and activity sponsors are expected to attend with their teams and clubs. Parents are encouraged to participate as well.
The APS Crossroads Program is partnering with Safe Teen New Mexico to host the event with two focuses:
The damaging effects of alcohol on the teen brain
The illegal use of prescription drugs
The assembly will feature two short movies: “Smashed: Youth Brains and Alcohol” and “High,” which is about prescription drug abuse.
The movies will be followed by a question and answer period with two expects: Dr. Peter DeBenedittis, a media literacy and prevention specialist with the Bernalillo County Substance Abuse Task Force who is featured in “Smashed”; and Dr. Megan Thompson, associate professor of pharmacy practice and acting dean for professional education at the UNM College of Pharmacy.
In addition, the program will feature testimonials from Erika Pohl, a La Cueva graduate and recovering drug addict, and Jennifer Weiss, co-founder and president of the Heroin Awareness Committee.