The Colorado Meth Project, an entity originally established to organize community action campaigns to curb methamphetamine use in the state, has launched a broad-based substance use prevention organization aimed at young people.
Working in conjunction with The Partnership at Drugfree.org, Rise Above Colorado will collaborate with a number of youth-serving organizations to educate teens on the dangers of drug use through web-based resources for teachers, interactive discussions, and other tools.
Organizers say their effort was fueled in part by results of a Colorado youth survey last fall that showed increasing curiosity about drugs around age 14, and an overall lack of discussions with parents about substances outside of alcohol or marijuana.
“Colorado has a prescription drug epidemic on its hands,” state Attorney General John Suthers said in a news release from the Colorado Meth Project. “When prescription opioid supplies are disrupted and the price of pills becomes too high, addicted young people are turning to street opioids.”