Burrell campus and facilities is a drug and tobacco free campus and complies with the Drug-Free Schools Communities Act (DFSCA). Employees and students shall not be involved with the unlawful use of controlled substances and/or illicit drugs.

  • Students

    Visit the Burrell Cares page to find resources and contact information for local Health Centers and Suicide Hotlines.

  • Employees

    Burrell employees are encouraged to take advantage of the Employee Assistance Program. The EAP is a free and confidential counseling and referral service that can help you with immediate and/or scheduled sessions which include counseling on relationships, stress management, legal advice, support for family members, and more.

Alcohol and Drug Use in New Mexico:

New Mexico Substance Use Epidemiology Profile

The New Mexico Substance Use Epidemiology Profile provides a full report regarding New Mexico statistics on alcohol and substance abuse for adults and minors in New Mexico.

Alcohol Use in New Mexico

Check out this flyer from New Mexico Department of Health on the statistics regarding alcohol abuse in New Mexico.

Drug Overdose in New Mexico

The New Mexico Department of Health provides a helpful flyer on drug overdose information in New Mexico and information on preventing a drug overdose.

New Mexico Laws on Controlled Substances, Source: NMOneSource, Chapter 30

Trafficking controlled substances (30-31-20):
Trafficking Controlled Substances (manufacture, sale, or possession with intent to sale)- 1st Offense Second Degree Felony Up to 9 years imprisonment
Trafficking Controlled Substances (manufacture, sale, or possession with intent to sale)- 2nd Offense First Degree Felony Up to 18 years imprisonment
Possession of Controlled Substances (30-31-23):
Marijuana- up to one-half ounce Petty Misdemeanor Fine $50
Marijuana- one-half ounce to 1 ounce Petty Misdemeanor Fine $50-$100 and/or imprisonment for no more than 15 days
Marijuana- One-half ounce to 1 ounce- Second Offense Petty Misdemeanor Fine $100-$1,000 and/or Imprisonment for a definite term, less than 1 year
Marijuana- Eight ounces or more Fourth Degree Felony Fine up to $5,000, and/or imprisonment up to 18 months
Possession of Schedule I, II, III, or IV Misdemeanor $500-$1,000 Fine, and/or imprisonment up to 1 year
Possession of Narcotic Drugs Fourth Degree Felony Fine up to $5,000 and/or imprisonment for up to 18 months

New Mexico Laws on Controlled Substances, Source: NMOneSource, Chapter 30

Drug Paraphernalia (30-13-25.1):
Unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia Misdemeanor Fine $50-$100, and/or imprisonment up to 1 year
Delivering or providing drug paraphernalia to a minor Fourth Degree Felony Fine up to $5,000, and/or imprisonment up to 18 month

Federal Laws:

Penalty for Simple Possession, Source: Drug Enforcement Administration

It shall be unlawful for any person knowingly or intentionally to possess a controlled substance unless such substance was obtained directly, or pursuant to a valid prescription or order, from a practitioner, while acting in the course of his professional practice, or except as otherwise authorized by this subchapter or subchapter II of this chapter. It shall be unlawful for any person knowingly or intentionally to possess any list I chemical obtained pursuant to or under authority of a registration issued to that person under section 823 of this title or section 958 of this title if that registration has been revoked or suspended, if that registration has expired, or if the registrant has ceased to do business in the manner contemplated by his registration. It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly or intentionally purchase at retail during a 30 day period more than 9 grams of ephedrine base, pseudoephedrine base, or phenylpropanolamine base in a scheduled listed chemical product, except that, of such 9 grams, not more than 7.5 grams may be imported by means of shipping through any private or commercial carrier or the Postal Service. Any person who violates this subsection may be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of not more than 1 year, and shall be fined a minimum of $1,000, or both, except that if he commits such offense after a prior conviction under this subchapter or subchapter II of this chapter, or a prior conviction for any drug, narcotic, or chemical offense chargeable under the law of any State, has become final, he shall be sentenced to a term of imprisonment for not less than 15 days but not more than 2 years, and shall be fined a minimum of $2,500, except, further, that if he commits such offense after two or more prior convictions under this subchapter or subchapter II of this chapter, or two or more prior convictions for any drug, narcotic, or chemical offense chargeable under the law of any State, or a combination of two or more such offenses have become final, he shall be sentenced to a term of imprisonment for not less than 90 days but not more than 3 years, and shall be fined a minimum of $5,000. Notwithstanding any penalty provided in this subsection, any person convicted under this subsection for the possession of flunitrazepam shall be imprisoned for not more than 3 years, shall be fined as otherwise provided in this section, or both. The imposition or execution of a minimum sentence required to be imposed under this subsection shall not be suspended or deferred. Further, upon conviction, a person who violates this subsection shall be fined the reasonable costs of the investigation and prosecution of the offense, including the costs of prosecution of an offense as defined in sections 1918 and 1920 of title 28, except that this sentence shall not apply and a fine under this section need not be imposed if the court determines under the provision of title 18 that the defendant lacks the ability to pay.

Distribution or manufacturing in or near schools and colleges, Source: Drug Enforcement Administration 

Penalty:

Any person who violates section 841(a)(1) of this title or section 856 of this title by distributing, possessing with intent to distribute, or manufacturing a controlled substance in or on, or within one thousand feet of, the real property comprising a public or private elementary, vocational, or secondary school or a public or private college, junior college, or university, or a playground, or housing facility owned by a public housing authority, or within 100 feet of a public or private youth center, public swimming pool, or video arcade facility, is (except as provided in subsection (b) of this section) subject to (1) twice the maximum punishment authorized by section 841(b) of this title; and (2) at least twice any term of supervised release authorized by section 841(b) of this title for a first offense. A fine up to twice that authorized by section 841(b) of this title may be imposed in addition to any term of imprisonment authorized by this subsection. Except to the extent a greater minimum sentence is otherwise provided by section 841(b) of this title, a person shall be sentenced under this subsection to a term of imprisonment of not less than one year. The mandatory minimum sentencing provisions of this paragraph shall not apply to offenses involving 5 grams or less of marihuana.

Second offenders:

Any person who violates section 841(a)(1) of this title or section 856 of this title by distributing, possessing with intent to distribute, or manufacturing a controlled substance in or on, or within one thousand feet of, the real property comprising a public or private elementary, vocational, or secondary school or a public or private college, junior college, or university, or a playground, or housing facility owned by a public housing authority, or within 100 feet of a public or private youth center, public swimming pool, or video arcade facility, after a prior conviction under subsection (a) of this section has become final is punishable (1) by the greater of (A) a term of imprisonment of not less than three years and not more than life imprisonment or (B) three times the maximum punishment authorized by section 841(b) of this title for a first offense, and (2) at least three times any term of supervised release authorized by section 841(b) of this title for a first offense. A fine up to three times that authorized by section 841(b) of this title may be imposed in addition to any term of imprisonment authorized by this subsection. Except to the extent a greater minimum sentence is otherwise provided by section 841(b) of this title, a person shall be sentenced under this subsection to a term of imprisonment of not less than three years. Penalties for third and subsequent convictions shall be governed by section 841(b)(1)(A) of this title.

Health Risks of Alcohol and Other Drugs, Source: US Drug Enforcement Administrations, DEA

Federal Trafficking Penalties
Drug/Schedule Quantity Penalties Quantity Penalties
Cocaine (Schedule II) 500–4999 grams mixture First Offense: Not less than 5 yrs, and not more than 40 yrs. If death or serious injury, not less than 20 or more than life. Fine of not more than $5 million if an individual, $25 million if not an individual.
Second Offense: Not less than 10 yrs, and not more than life. If death or serious injury, life imprisonment. Fine of not more than $8 million if an individual, $50 million if not an individual.
5 kgs or more mixture First Offense: Not less than 10 yrs, and not more than life. If death or serious injury, not less than 20 or more than life. Fine of not more than $10 million if an individual, $50 million if not an individual.
Second Offense: Not less than 20 yrs, and not more than life. If death or serious injury, life imprisonment. Fine of not more than $20 million if an individual, $75 million if not an individual.
2 or More Prior Offenses: Life imprisonment. Fine of not more than $20 million if an individual, $75 million if not an individual.
Cocaine Base (Schedule II) 28–279 grams mixture 280 grams or more mixture
Fentanyl (Schedule II) 40–399 grams mixture 400 grams or more mixture
Fentanyl Analogue (Schedule I) 10–99 grams mixture 100 grams or more mixture
Heroin (Schedule I) 100–999 grams mixture 1 kg or more mixture
LSD (Schedule I) 1–9 grams mixture 10 grams or more mixture
Methamphetamine (Schedule II) 5–49 grams pure or 50–499 grams mixture 50 grams or more pure or 500 grams or more mixture
PCP (Schedule II) 10–99 grams pure or 100–999 grams mixture 100 gm or more pure or 1 kg or more mixture
Penalties
Other Schedule I & II drugs (and any drug product containing Gamma Hydroxybutyric Acid) Any amount First Offense: Not more than 20 yrs. If death or serious injury, not less than 20 yrs, or more than life. Fine $1 million if an individual, $5 million if not an individual.
Second Offense: Not more than 30 yrs. If death or serious bodily injury, life imprisonment. Fine $2 million if an individual, $10 million if not an individual.
Flunitrazepam (Schedule IV) 1 gram
Other Schedule III drugs Any amount First Offense: Not more than 10 years. If death or serious injury, not more that 15 yrs. Fine not more than $500,000 if an individual, $2.5 million if not an individual.
Second Offense: Not more than 20 yrs. If death or serious injury, not more than 30 yrs. Fine not more than $1 million if an individual, $5 million if not an individual.
All other Schedule IV drugs Any amount First Offense: Not more than 5 yrs. Fine not more than $250,000 if an individual, $1 million if not an individual.
Second Offense: Not more than 10 yrs. Fine not more than $500,000 if an individual, $2 million if other than an individual.
Flunitrazepam (Schedule IV) Other than 1 gram or more
All Schedule V drugs Any amount First Offense: Not more than 1 yr. Fine not more than $100,000 if an individual, $250,000 if not an individual.
Second Offense: Not more than 4 yrs. Fine not more than $200,000 if an individual, $500,000 if not an individual.

Health Risks of Alcohol and Other Drugs, Source: US Drug Enforcement Administrations, DEA

Substance Possible Short-Term Effects Possible Long-Term Effects The Effects of Overdose
Alcohol Impair judgement and coordination. Long-term effects in large quantities can cause permanent damage to vital organs such as the brain and liver. Respiratory depression and possible death.
Marijuana Problems with memory and learning, distorted perception, difficulty in thinking and problem-solving, and loss of coordination. Physical dependence withdrawal following discontinuation, as well as psychic addiction or dependence. No deaths from overdose have been reported.
Cocaine The physiological effects of cocaine include increased blood pressure and heart rate, dilated pupils, insomnia, and loss of appetite. Potential respiratory syndrome, and chronic snorting of cocaine has led to the erosion of the upper nasal cavity. Cardiac arrhythmias, ischemic heart conditions, sudden cardiac arrest, convulsions, stroke, and death.
Ecstasy The physiological effects of cocaine include increased blood pressure and heart rate, dilated pupils, insomnia, and loss of appetite. Other negative physical effects may include muscle tension, tremors, involuntary teeth clenching, muscle cramps, nausea, faintness, chills, sweating, and blurred vision. Long term risks include issues with memory and learning. Ecstasy can interfere with the body’s ability to regulate temperature. In some cases, ecstasy can lead to sharp increase in body temperature, resulting in liver, kidney, and cardiovascular system failure, or death.
Heroin Heroin causes both psychological and physical changes in the body and users feel a sense of euphoria or rush followed by a twilight state of sleep and wakefulness. Heroin is highly addictive. The regular use of heroin causes tolerance which causes people to increase the drug to achieve the same intensity. The use of heroin has a high risk of overdosing. The effects of heroin overdose include slow and shallow breathing, blue lips and fingernails, clammy skin, convulsions, coma, and death.
Methadone Users of methadone may experience physical symptoms like sweating, itchy skin, or sleepiness. When the use of methadone is stopped, individuals may experience withdraw symptoms including: anxiety, muscle tremors, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal cramps. The effects of overdose include slow and shallow breathing, blue fingernails and lips, stomach spasms, clammy skin, convulsions, weak pulse, coma, and possible death.
Methamphetamine Methamphetamine is a highly addictive drug with potent central nervous system (CNS) stimulant properties. Long term effects include addiction, violent behavior, anxiety, confusion, insomnia, and psychotic features including paranoia. High doses of methamphetamine can result in death from stroke, heart attack, or multiple organ problems caused by overheating.