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CDP Editorial: ‘Not Even Once’ deserves repeating

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The Colorado Meth Project and the Boys & Girls Club of Craig oversaw educational efforts earlier this month in our community as part of the "Not Even Once" prevention campaign. The two organizations deserve praise for their efforts in teaching our community's youth how destructive the drug can be. Efforts such as theirs keep meth at the forefront of public health discussions.

There's been numerous discussions and events in Craig and Moffat County in the last five or six years regarding methamphetamine education and awareness.

Of the many descriptions used for the drug, one seems to be more fitting than others.

Insidious.

Methamphetamine, once such a plague in our community, doesn't discriminate, and has claimed users and wrecked families of people across all demographics.

The problem, while not nearly as bad as it once was, still exists today but with far less attention.

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That's why we were relieved to see two local organizations conduct a campaign earlier this month that put the drug and its assortment of horrific consequences back before the public and our youth.

The Colorado Meth Project, in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, collaborated on presentations at Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School as part of the "Not Even Once" prevention campaign.

The two groups worked together to fill a void left by Communities Overcoming Meth Abuse, a local volunteer organization that disbanded about a year ago.

The Craig Daily Press, and we're betting numerous others in the community would join us in this sentiment, are thankful to the Colorado Meth Project and the Boys & Girls Club for their efforts.

Until meth is completely eviscerated from our community's landscape, this issue needs to periodically appear before the public and routinely before our young and impressionable students.

One statistic used during the presentations emphasized the importance of meth education and prevention in the schools: of all the meth users in Colorado who entered treatment last year, almost half began using at age 17 or younger.

Prevention starts with our youth, and the silver bullet has to be education.

The Colorado Meth Project and Boys & Girls Club recognized as much, and did something about it.

We're hoping officials from the agencies believe the same as we do for many years to come — that the message of "Not Even Once" is worth repeating many times over.

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Our View

The Colorado Meth Project and the Boys & Girls Club of Craig oversaw educational efforts earlier this month in our community as part of the “Not Even Once” prevention campaign. The two organizations deserve praise for their efforts in teaching our community’s youth how destructive the drug can be. Efforts such as theirs keep meth at the forefront of public health discussions.

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