New Meth Prevention Lessons Launched in Schools
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- A new campaign from the Colorado Meth Project targets high school students and teaches them how to prevent meth use. It’s an educational lesson that uses many different tactics; one includes showing young adults compelling videos.
The goal of the lesson is two-fold. The first of course is to make sure that the students receiving the lesson don’t do drugs like meth.
The second is to help encourage them to pass this message along to their peers.
“It makes us realize, it makes us open our eyes to how bad it could really be,” said Josh Pettingill, senior at Central High School. “How bad it could hurt others around you, not just yourself.”
Pettingill and his leadership classmates are some of the first young adults in the state to take part in Colorado Meth Project's new peer-to-peer prevention campaign.
The new classroom resource goes beyond the traditional drug lectures, as it incorporates not only interactive games and quizzes, but hard-hitting videos and compelling images.
“I think that it’s important that we cut through the clutter and help teens understand the reality that this drug could create,” said Kent MacLennan, executive director of Colorado Meth Project. “So it has to be graphic for them to get the message across and to get them to share it.”
Mesa County District Attorney Pete Hautzinger says that even though we've made progress, meth continues to be the worst problem in our community and it’s not going away.
“There is no better solution to the meth crisis than prevention,” said Hautzinger. “The more we can stop kids from ever trying it, the better off we are.”
School teachers NewsChannel 5 spoke with agree.
“The affects of it are terrible,” said Jeena Williams, teacher at Central High School. “It’s worse than really anything else out there. This kind of information really does give the students specific things to say other than, this is really bad for you and it’s not a good choice.”
Teachers say what is a good choice is spreading the word about the seriousness that comes with this drug. Which after sitting through the meth prevention lesson, this is a concept Pettingill has grasped on to.
“I would like to educate my friends and family and just help them realize what I have come to realize,” said Pettingill. “Just this right here, really turned my life around.”
The lesson also has Pettingill thinking how he could help impact others with the choices he makes.
Officials with the Colorado Meth Project say they’re hoping this trickles down to all students learning to live a better healthy lifestyle, and saying no to all drugs.