Created: Thu, 16 Jan 2014 11:27:00 MST
Updated: Thu, 16 Jan 2014 11:50:56 MST
FRUITA, Colo. - A new statewide drug prevention program is introduced into Mesa County at Fruita Monument High School.
Organizers with the nonprofit Rise Above Colorado presented new research to students Thursday morning, utilizing new techniques to engage the younger generation.
They said Colorado ranks as the number two state regarding the amount of people who abuse prescription drugs, and they said more than 29 percent of teens admit to abusing pills.
The Rise Above Colorado campaign utilizes all the forms of modern communication, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Officials said since the federal government has slashed budgets to drug prevention programs such as D.A.R.E, they feel it's their duty to pick up the left work.