‘Culture is Prevention’: Jeffco School District Uses Traditions To Curb Indigenous Teen Drug Use

Every two years, the state conducts the Healthy Kids Colorado survey. It asks teens questions about a range of topics, from their health and home life to substance abuse. Data from the 2019 survey, taken before the pandemic, shows Indigenous teens are abusing hard drugs more than their peers. To curb use, one school district is turning to culture for its prevention efforts.