If you’re like most parents, you do everything you can to make sure your pre-teen or teen has a happy, healthy future. Unfortunately, sometimes young people are tempted to try alcohol before they turn 21, or experiment with drugs. Not only can this behavior harm a growing body and brain, it can lead to failure in school, and in life.

This website has been created to help educate parents and kids about the dangers of underage drinking and the use of drugs, from marijuana and methamphetamines, to prescription and over-the-counter drugs. You’ll also find information about resources in Weld County that can help you and your family in many ways.

How Much Does Your Teen Know About Drugs and Alcohol?

Teens think they know it all, right? Well, you can put that to the test with the National Drug Facts IQ Test, part of National Drug Facts Week sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. National Drug Facts Week is January 22-28 and during that time your teen can take the free online quiz to test their knowledge about drugs and alcohol.

ndfw_resourcesHigh schools nationwide are participating in activities in order to raise awareness about drugs and alcohol with students and Weld County High Schools have been encouraged to participate.

“This is the fifth year we have promoted NIDA’s National Drug Facts Week to educators throughout Weld County,” Ketterling said. “NIDA provides a great many resources for teachers to use in the classroom, including a terrific on-line Drug Facts IQ Challenge, that tests student knowledge about alcohol and drugs.”

Parents are encouraged to share the quiz with their teens.“This is a great teaching moment for parents and teens every year,” said Ketterling. “The National Drug Facts Quiz presents an opportunity for parents and teens to discuss drug and alcohol use in a factual manner, without drama. The more conversations parents have about drug and alcohol use, the better. Plus, statistics show that when parents talk to teens about drugs and alcohol, teens are 34% less likely to use them.”

Take National Drug Facts IQ Challenge Quiz Here

Preparing Your Teen For Valentine’s Day

There’s nothing like a Hallmark holiday to put pressure on teens to stress about their romance or lack thereof. According to new data compiled by social media platform We Heart It and provided to TIME Magazine, teenagers are the most miserable group on Valentine’s Day. Of 21,000 survey responses over 98% were from teenage girls, and they didn’t have a lot of love for the holiday. Only 13% of teenagers under 15 think Valentine’s Day is “painful,” while 22% say it’s “overrated,” and 24% think it’s irrelevant. Teenagers are also the least likely age group to send Valentines, with over 53% saying they’re not sending any at all, compared with 41% of respondents over 25.

Valentine’s Day only heightens the emphasis on love, couple, and romance, which can leave a single person feeling unloved. Instead of letting your teen wallow in misery, give them some ideas for how to refocus Valentine’s Day into a positive thing:

  • Make Some Money. Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to babysit! There are so many parents that want to go out to dinner that your teen could easily find someone who needs a babysitter.
  • Cheer Up Others. Encourage your teen to share a little love with others who may be feeling sad on this day. Make and decorate Valentine’s Day cookies and bring them to a nursing home or hospital. Serve food to the homeless. Volunteer in some way to make the world a little bit better.
  • Give Everyone Valentines. Valentine’s Day is not just about romance – it’s about showing love to the important people in your life. Suggest your teen give a Valentine to their siblings, grandparents or friends – or even a classmate who wouldn’t be likely to receive one. Everyone feels valued when they receive a card!
  • Host a Single People Get Together. Your teen is not the only single one at school. Offer to host a get together for all of your teen’s single friends. Your teen could put together a movie night, a dance party, or a chocolate taste test to find the favorite brand and filling.

If your teen is in a relationship, remind your teen that the point of the day is to express love and appreciation for the other person. It’s not about how much you spend or making grand gestures.

You can also plan a special Valentine’s celebration in your home and share the love with just your family. With a little imagination, you can take the stress out of Valentine’s Day!



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This edition features:

“How Much Does Your Teen Know About Drugs and Alcohol?”

“Marijuana and Vaping Are More Popular Than Cigarettes Among Teenagers”

“Preparing Your Teen For Valentine’s Day”

You’ll also find parenting tips, information about underage drinking and drug use and great ideas to help your kids make healthy life choices. You’ll also hear from law enforcement, educators and concerned parents like you.

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*Stats courtesy of Drug Abuse.gov
12th graders who used marijuana in the past month
12th graders now use marijuana every day
The amount of THC in marijuana has increased over the past few decades



  • The potency of marijuana has more than tripled in the U.S. since the 1990s.
  • In the Netherlands, marijuana’s THC levels are regulated to be 15% or less. In Colorado, the average potency is 17.1 percent in flowers/buds and the average potency in concentrates is 62.1%
  • Colorado ranks first in the nation for the use of marijuana by youth ages 12+.
  • Research now shows marijuana is harmful to developing brains of adolescents, which may result in psychotic symptoms, schizophrenia, drug addiction and lower IQs.
  • The rise of high-potency marijuana has coincided with increases in hospitalizations and poison center calls in Colorado.
  • A major study published in Lancet Psychiatry Journal found that youth using marijuana daily had a 60% higher chance of never completing high school.
  • The same study found that kids who begin using marijuana before the age of 17 are 7 times more likely to commit suicide than those who don’t.
  • In Colorado, one of three high school seniors report using marijuana before they were 15.
  • Young people who use marijuana regularly are more likely to have memory issues, difficulty learning and lower math and reading scores.
  • Marijuana is addictive. It’s harder to stop using marijuana if you start at a young age.


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