Wyoming Meth Project To Dissolve Organization [VIDEO]
In the face of declining revenue and program cuts, the Wyoming Meth Project, a statewide prevention and education non-profit organization, will be dissolving before the end of the year. Officials say the initiative started up in April 2008, with a message aimed at young people to “Not Even Once” try methamphetamine.
From a press release from the Wyoming Meth Project:
"During that time, five surveys of teens were conducted at various times in schools across Wyoming to see if students were getting the message and not using methamphetamine.
Additionally, countless presentations were conducted in Wyoming High Schools and Businesses. One of the greatest accomplishments during the past 9 years were the conversations and awareness generated by the Meth Projects advertising campaigns."
“These are tough economic times in Wyoming and many non-profits are feeling the loss of revenue that had previously been generated to provide services. This loss of revenue is the reason that the Wyoming Meth Project can no longer be sustained,” said Jean Davies, Executive Director, Wyoming Meth Project. “It was a tough decision for the Advisory Board of the Wyoming Meth Project, but it was the only decision that could occur.” Davies also says, “The need for awareness about the risks associated with Meth use is as great today as ever, unfortunately, the funding to conduct that awareness isn’t available”.
Mike Burnett, Chairman of the Wyoming Meth Project Advisory Board said, “We feel that the Wyoming Meth Project has provided valuable information and much needed dialogue for our youth and families throughout the State of Wyoming regarding the use of methamphetamine. We hope people continue to understand the dangers of this horrible drug and those conversations remain.”
Both Burnett and Davies say they want to express their appreciation for the support given to the Wyoming Meth Project during the past nine years, including The McMurry Foundation, the State of Wyoming Department of Health, and the Daniels Fund. They say "without their financial support, the Wyoming Meth Project never would have accomplished what it did”.
Accoring to the Meth Project, their research-based messaging campaign, which graphically portrays the ravages of Meth use through television, radio, billboards, and online ads, has gained nationwide attention for its uncompromising approach and demonstrated impact. The campaign challenges teens to consider what they know about Meth and prompts them to ask at MethProject.org.
Here are a couple of examples of the ads. A note, they may be difficult to watch.