Meth Warnings Drawn by Local Kids to be Put in Statewide Poster

This anti-meth artwork of three Valley kids will be incorporated into a widely distributed poster following a contest by the state Attorney General's Office:

First Place: Alison Calabrese, Wigwam Creek Middle School, Litchfield Park (above)

2nd Place: Caessar Saldana, Mohave Middle School, Scottsdale

3rd Place: Brandon Chheng, Royal Palm Middle School, Phoenix

As the first place winner, Calabrese will receive $500. The runners-up, as well as several others who received honorable mention awards, also received cash prizes.

It seems like a good idea to have local kids help make these ads -- certainly better than spending millions of dollars on them. It's just too hard to believe that the Arizona Meth Project ads(see below), featuring faked meth-use symptoms, really prevent teens from trying meth.

As we reported in February, state statistics show meth use among Arizona's youth had been declining for years before the ad campaign.

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.