Colorado Meth Project: Our suggestions for its new online campaign (Hey, Ted Haggard!)

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Crank bugs, illustrated.
The Colorado Meth Project, which has been scaring the crap out of children since 2009, is back with -- you guessed it! -- some more scary stuff. Along with seven other states that have programs funded by the national Meth Project Foundation, it's launched a new online anti-meth campaign to supplement its gritty billboards and radio and TV ads.

Called ASK, the campaign is a virtual meth-opedia. It uses video, audio and snippets of documentaries to answer questions like, "What are crank bugs?" (Answer: Imaginary bugs that meth users believe are crawling under their skin.)

Other questions include, "What is 'meth mouth'?" and "How can meth lead to unwanted sex?" The answers -- and the way they're presented -- can be downright haunting: seventeen-year-olds talking about how they sold their bodies for meth and footage of a 28-year-old at the dentist, having to get his rotted-out teeth pulled and replaced.

According to Colorado Meth Project boosters, including Attorney General John Suthers, the scared-straight campaign is working here: a 2011 survey of Colorado youth found that 88 percent see "great risk" in trying meth. That's 9 percent more than in 2009, the first time the survey was administered.

But if the Colorado campaign wants to hook more children -- on its website, that is; not on meth -- we'd suggest a more local approach. And since we're into being helpful (as proof, check out our previous suggestions for Colorado Meth Project slogans), we've written several Colorado-related questions with the help of our Latest Word archives to supplement the ASK campaign's national content.

How can meth lead to murder, arson and baldness?

Does meth have long-term effects ... on a potential career as a pastor, Mr. Haggard?

Will meth increase my chances of meeting Dog the Bounty Hunter?

How can meth lead to the illegal discovery of Indian pottery and burial masks?

And, will meth increase the chance that I'll be stabbed during a threesome?

The answer to that last one? Probably.

More from our Follow That Story archives: "Matthew Weatherspoon sentenced to 30-months probation for slashing bulldog puppy in face."

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As a former meth user I was a little skeptical of this website but I have to admit it is really good. For the person below, what about the site do you think is propaganda and not educational? It seems to me to be nothing but education!

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Great Blog!! That was amazing. Your thought processing is wonderful. The way you tell the thing is awesome. You are really a master.

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very good post, i was really searching for this topic as i wanted this topic tounderstand completely and it is also very rare in internet that is why it was verydifficult to understand thank you for sharing this.

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Parents, educators, and lawmakers should not listen to or fund organizations like the Colorado Meth Project, they do more harm than good.  I recommend everyone read Dr Andrew Weil's book "From Chocolate to Morphine" which covers nearly every drug (legal, illegal, otc, prescription) and what the dangers are of each.  I don't recommend anyone use meth, but the Colorado Meth Project's tactics are dangerous and will lead to more kids using drugs, just like the evidence shows that the DARE program did.  Education works, propaganda hurts.

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