Teen Advisory Council takes stand against drug use

The Colorado Meth Project Teen Advisory Council poses with Attorney General, Jim Suthers, after attending a welcome event in Denver on June 6.



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The Colorado Meth Project Teen Advisory Council poses with Attorney General, Jim Suthers, after attending a welcome event in Denver on June 6.

Hudson Robinson learned about the Colorado Meth Project Teen Advisory Council from a flyer his dad gave him.

After doing a little research, Robinson applied for the council by completing the six-page application, which included an essay and other short answer questions.

Robinson wrote his essay on the personal experiences he had witnessed – friends who had experimented with drugs. He said he wanted to convey the need for awareness about drug abuse in his community.

The Colorado Meth Project Teen Advisory Council welcomed its new members on June 6. The council is comprised of 17 middle and high school students from across Colorado.

“I’ve had personal experiences with friends losing their lives to drugs — they had great potential.  I want to bring awareness to my community,” Robinson said.

Throughout the school year, the teen council will be involved in outreach activities within their community and represent the Colorado Meth Project at community events and engage peers online, especially via social media. The students must create and implement a service project within the school year as well.

Robinson said he hasn’t had much time to plan his project, but is looking forward to what it will do for his community.

“I’m looking forward to brainstorming, creating and seeing it come to life,” Robinson said.

Robinson, who is a senior at Fruita Monument High School, said he was excited to be selected as part of the council. As part of his first year on the council he hopes to spread awareness about drug abuse.

He said even the website provides as a great source of information.

“I didn’t know a whole lot about the drug itself and how it affects you. But the website presents specific facts and stories; it’s very thorough,” Robinson said.

But the website is only a start. Attorney General, John Suthers, wants the teens to continue to spread the importance of meth prevention.

“Colorado has made great strides in decreasing the spread of methamphetamine by increasing awareness of its risks, and the Colorado Meth Project and its Teen Advisory Council have been key to that effort,” said Suthers in a press release.

Find more information about the Colorado Meth Project at Colorado.MethProject.org.



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