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NMSU Hotline — January 5, 2016

Aggie Innovation Space transitions to on-campus cooperative education program

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The Aggie Innovation Space at New Mexico State University?s College of Engineering has transitioned from a staff-led space to a student-led on-campus cooperative education opportunity, where student innovators manage themselves and provide technical assistance for their peers.

The NMSU AIS is one of the few maker spaces in the country to implement this model, as most maker spaces employ student innovators but are staff-led. The Aggie Innovation Space and innovators are funded through a grant from the Intel Foundation as a means of expanding innovation within the College of Engineering at NMSU.

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Prescription Drug Abuse Summit to be held on campus

Drug overdose is the leading cause of injury death in New Mexico over the past decade. The New Mexico Osteopathic Medical Association (NMOMA) will be holding New Mexico?s Prescription Drug Abuse Summit on Wednesday, Jan. 6, with a town hall discussion on this important topic.

The summit is scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. at the NMSU Pan American Center Barbara Hubbard Room. It is a free event and snacks will be served.

According to New Mexico?s Indicator-Based Information System (NM-IBIS), New Mexico?s drug overdose death rate is one of the highest in the nation for most of the last two decades. In 2007, it was estimated that prescription opioid abuse, dependence and misuse cost New Mexico $890 million. According to New Mexico Epidemiology Report data collected since 2005, controlled substances were involved in 88 percent of the drug overdose deaths that involved prescription drugs in 2009-2013 in New Mexico.

?This is an issue that affects the entire community, not just prescription drug abusers. The violence, crime and grief that stems from the misuse of prescription drugs is a problem we can all help combat,? said Ralph McClish, NMOMA executive director.

The summit will feature several panels with community leaders in law enforcement, including Las Cruces Police Department, Drug Enforcement Agency and Department of Justice, as well as physicians and pharmacists. Panels will also discuss the importance of implementing abuse-deterrent formulations, a technology used to stem abuse by placing physical and chemical barriers in the medication, preventing it from being crushed, injected or otherwise manipulated.

Attendees can expect to learn about and discuss the dangers of abusing prescription drugs, proper use, storage and disposal of prescription drugs and what the general, medical and law enforcement community can do to deter prescription drug abuse.

For additional information on the summit, visit www.nmprescriptiondrugabuse.org. Also, join and follow the conversation on Twitter with #NMDrugAbuseCrisis.

To register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/las-cruces-prescription-drug-abuse-summit-tickets-20037976126

Start the New Year with the 'Healthy U Challenge'

Join us for a seven-week "Healthy U Challenge" from Jan. 25 to March 9. There will be weekly weigh-ins, educational tips, bi-weekly workshops on how to gain lifestyle skills and incentives along the way to help you become a healthier you. Registration is open now and closes on Jan. 22. Every participant will receive a free Healthy U T-shirt. There will be prizes for first, second and third place winners. It?s free for AggieFit members and $20 for non-members.

For more information, rules and application forms on the Healthy U Challenge, visit http://recsports.nmsu.edu/aggiefit or call 575-646-2907.

DACC Community Education course explores healthy cooking for kids

Kids will learn to prepare dishes from different parts of the world in a healthy way in the DACC Community Education course "Healthy Cooking for Kids." They will discover nutritious ingredients and fun ways to cook that will remain with them for their whole life. For kids ages 8 to 12, this course is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays from Jan. 30 to March 5. Don?t miss out on the fun in this popular DACC Community Education course. To sign up or for more information, email commed@dacc.nmsu.edu or call 575-527-7527.