Albuquerque, N.M. — Thousands of people die each year from drug overdose. Each year International Overdose Awareness Day is observed on August 31. 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 8, 2019. Within the “Lost Talent Gallery” are stories and photos of local youth who have lost their lives to drugs
A victims’ memorial will be held from 4 – 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29 at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. The memorial 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.