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Thrive Interview with Radical Russ

Thrive speaks with Russ Belville (aka, Radical Russ) of 420radio.org

New York Times Quote

Matthew was quoted in the New York Times blog after Gunnison voted in marijuana.

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The Marijuana Divide

Matthew was interviewed prior to Gunnison midterm vote around marijuana issues.  He is featured in the NY Times video.

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Thrive's mission is to build stronger and more engaged communities using education and science based facts to support youth development.  

We are changing the way the world approaches ‘drug prevention.’ We believe there are no drug problems. There are life problems.

We work closely with the Cannabis Industry & the Alcohol Industry in developing a high standard of social responsibility and customer education.

We work closely with communities in reducing risk factors and building protective factors in support of positive youth development -- we all have a stake in developing the ‘next greatest generation’ so they can thrive.

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Community Benefits

We help Communities and Youth thrive with;

Access to our Regional Community Builders (RCBs) who are trained in;

  • community leadership,
  • public policy,
  • substance abuse prevention strategies,
  • and education.

RCBs can facilitate the creation of community-based coalition groups and offer prevention organizations consultation on a wide variety of community building strategies, grant writing, and evidence-based programs.

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I just read your article in the paper, and I loved the way you framed the issue and discussed your future endeavors, very nicely done.  I am writing to extend my gratitude for what you have done for GCSAPP and our community, as well as what you are going to continue to do for this and other communities.  I wanted to extend a formal “thank you”, you and your work are greatly appreciated!

Jessica Vogan

Western's Prevention Educator, Western State Colorado University

Thank you for all your hard work and dedication.
I look forward to seeing great things from you!

Paula Swensen

County Commishioner, Gunnison County

Thrive's Blog

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D.A.R.E. – It’s A Problem.

D.A.R.E. - it’s a problem and what we can do about it. By my estimate, 90% of the time I say ‘drug prevention’ to someone they will immediately recall a mental image of Nancy Reagan, D.A.R.E. Logos, or a fried egg in a frying pan.  After they recall which one it is... read more

2015 – A Review of Legal Pot in Colorado

In 2012, voters of Colorado approved an amendment to the State’s constitution that allows adult use of marijuana.  This law went into effect on January 1st, 2013. One year later, January 1st, 2014, adult-use recreational sales began in the state. Now, in 2015, we look... read more

How can you say that when so many good people overdose?

How can we say 'there are no drug problems' when so many good people overdose? This is a difficult question to wrestle with as some very close people have themselves wrestled with a serious drug addiction.  You may know someone extremely close in your life who has... read more

Just ‘What’ Is Community Building?

Community Building - before it becomes 'cliche' let's define it. Community building is the act of bringing people - who know how to build relationships - together, for a common community interest - such as supporting youth.   As a drug prevention specialist, I truly... read more

Monitoring the Future Study Shines Light on Health

The nation's Monitoring the Future Study is in for 2014.  The results point to health. And, yet it is something to note when other people do not see the impacts this study presents.  Here is a case in point. An article published on Dr. Thrustone's blog today suggests... read more

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Matthew S. Kuehlhorn, CPSII

Matthew S. Kuehlhorn, CPSII

Community Builder & Founder

I am a certified drug prevention specialist who firmly believes in legalizing marijuana.  Why?  I don't believe there are drug problems - there are only life problems.

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