Graphic Ads On Meth Use on the Way in Colorado Papers

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Graphic ads depicting the consequences of methamphetamine use are being rolled out across Colorado.

It’s part of a campaign launched Thursday by a new nonprofit group called the Colorado Meth Project.

Gov. Bill Ritter and Attorney General John Suthers attended the kickoff and warned that adults might find some of the radio, TV, newspaper and billboard advertisements offensive.

But they said the ads need to honestly portray the damage done by meth to reach their target audience — teens and young adults.

Kent MacLennan, executive director of the Colorado Meth Project, said all the ads have been tested in focus groups with teens and young adults. They said the ads should be realistic but not exaggerated.

“For kids who have just finished playing “Grand Theft Auto,” these are not overly graphic,” he said.

The program will cost about $4 million a year.

Most of it is paid for with grants from private foundations, but about 20 percent is being paid through a federal grant.

Colorado ranks eighth in per capita meth use nationally.

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