“We wanted to respond to the changing drug landscape,” Rise Above Colorado Executive Director Kent MacLennan told the newspaper. “We will communicate with teens on a science and fact basis. We won’t be preachy. We will present facts in an honest way.”
A nationwide survey found that 25.6 percent of teens have taken prescription drugs without a prescription. Rise Above Colorado and The Partnership at Drugfree.org conducted a survey; their findings showed that more than 29 percent of high school seniors in Colorado have taken prescription medication without a prescription.
With 42 percent of teens in Colorado saying that it was easy to get prescription drugs from their parents’ medicine cabinets, it is a clear sign that parents need to take action to safeguard their medications. In fact, most teenagers experiment with drugs they find in their own home before they seek them elsewhere.