Colorado Meth Project Launches Rise Above Colorado to Prevent Drug Abuse Among Colorado Teens

“Colorado Meth Project Launches Rise Above Colorado to Prevent Drug Abuse Among Colorado Teens”. I’m a senior Girl Scout at FCHS and on the teen advisory council Rise Above Colorado. I see the effects of drugs on peers, friends and family. I have been volunteering with drug prevention for 4 years with 2 years as a teen council member.

This week Fort Collins High School has been actively participating in an effort to be drug free by signing a banner and pledging to be drug free. To see our banner and support our cause go to https://www.facebook.com/riseabovecolorado and click on the letter “R” with Blue Mountains. Our student body is in a contest against other schools to be drug free. Like our letter on Facebook and join our cause Rise Above Colorado, to empower teens to lead a life free of drug abuse.

Rise Above Colorado FCHS

Last night I went to the launch party of Rise Above Colorado in Denver. At the party we viewed a documentary by Cyrus Stowe and Tucker Capps called “Out Of Reach”. To view the trailer click http://www.riseaboveco.org/drug-misuse/?drug=2531 . Cyrus filmed this his junior year of high school. He is currently a senior in TX. This was a powerful video and recommend parents and teens to talk about RX abuse.

Rise Above Colorado is a drug abuse prevention organization providing Colorado’s teens with information, resources and healthy lifestyle alternatives to help them choose a life free of drug abuse. The Rise Above team proactively collaborates with teens, educators, community leaders and partners to deliver school and community educational presentations, face-to-face outreach and uniquely tailored community prevention efforts across Colorado that impact perceptions and attitudes about drug abuse

Colorado has the second worst rate of pain pill abuse per capita in the United States according to the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Teen prescription drug misuse and abuse continues to be a significant health problem threatening youth today.

According to findings from the new Colorado Teen Drug Use and Attitude Assessment commissioned by The Partnership at Drugfree.org and Rise Above Colorado that surveyed 614 Colorado teens, it is critical to reach teens about the risks of drugs in the early teenage years, even as early as 12 years old. The survey found that at 14 and 15 years of age teens’ curiosity about drugs starts to climb, along with their access. By then they need to be educated, empowered and prepared to make smart choices.

Colorado teens not only have easy access to prescription drugs in their own homes and from friends and relatives, but they also have limited accurate information about the risks associated with abusing prescription pain killers or prescription stimulants. The Colorado teen survey found that while 42 percent of teens agree it is easy to get prescription drugs from parents’ medicine cabinets, too few parents are talking to their kids about substances like prescription drugs:

• While parental drug discussions increase as teens reach 16 and 17 years of age, only two-thirds of teens age 14 and under say they have discussed drugs with their parents.

• Of those teens who do discuss drugs with their parents, the conversations focus primarily on alcohol and marijuana without covering other dangerous drugs. Seventy-nine percent of Colorado teens surveyed discussed alcohol risks, and 70 percent of teens discussed marijuana risks with their parents.

• Overall, only 32 percent of teens report they have discussed using prescription drugs with their parents, and even fewer conversations take place with youth 14 years old and younger.

Parents can safeguard prescriptions in their home, educate themselves about the dangers and risks of using prescription medicines and communicate those risks to their children.

“The need to educate Colorado teens and their parents is imperative, and it has to happen now in our communities, homes and schools,” said Colorado Attorney General John Suthers. “Colorado has a prescription drug epidemic on its hands. When prescription opioid supplies are disrupted and the price of pills becomes too high, addicted young people are turning to street opioids. Consequently, heroin use by teenagers is on the rise. The efforts of Rise Above Colorado will help educate teens on the risks associated with drug abuse so they may make empowered choices and lead healthy lives.”

Rise Above Colorado is a drug abuse prevention organization providing Colorado’s teens with information, resources and healthy lifestyle alternatives to help them choose a life free of drug abuse. The Rise Above team proactively collaborates with teens, educators, community leaders and partners to deliver school and community educational presentations, face-to-face outreach and uniquely tailored community prevention efforts across Colorado that impact perceptions and attitudes about drug abuse. Rise Above Colorado is affiliated with The Partnership at Drugfree.org, a national nonprofit organization working to help families solve the problem of teen substance abuse.

Please remember to support my service project and share my banner with your friends on Facebook. To see our banner and support our cause go to https://www.facebook.com/riseabovecolorado and click on the letter “R” with Blue Mountains help Rise Above Colorado, to empower teens to lead a life free of drug abuse.

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