The campaign will be spread across billboards and schoolbus signs, and a fence sign will be displayed at Manual High School warning teens about addiction. To connect with kids through technology, there will also be High Costs Snapchat filters, a social-media game show called “Weeded Out” with prizes, and a Weeded Out trivia card game, according to the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses.
“Our High Costs campaign is designed to help Denver’s youth understand the legal, educational, health and social risks that come from using marijuana underage,” Mayor Michael Hancock said in a statement announcing the campaign. “Conversations about marijuana happen everywhere, and our goal is to provide facts that are not only accurate about the risks and realities of marijuana use, but that resonate with youth across Denver.”
2015 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey and the 2016 Health Statements and Monitoring Health Concerns Related to Marijuana in Colorado Survey, both conducted by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Key facts that the campaign hopes to impart to youth are listed below, with links to their attributed sources:
- 74 percent of Denver high school students didn't use cannabis within the past month in 2015
- One in six teens who use cannabis will get addicted
- Over 200,000 college students have been denied financial aid due to a drug arrest or minor drug offense
- Youth cannabis use is associated with a seven-fold increased risk of depression
A new study from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed that cannabis use among teens in Colorado has fallen below pre-Amendment 64 levels. Cannabis use by Coloradans ages twelve to seventeen has dropped nearly 20 percent between 2014-2015 and 2015-2016, according to the study, falling from 11.13 percent to 9.08 percent. In 2012-13, past-month-use numbers for the same age group were at 11.16 percent.