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.

2nd Annual RARWC Essay Contest Offers Scholarship Opportunity

Weld County high school seniors who are graduating in 2018 and interested in furthering their education are invited to enter the second annual scholarship essay competition sponsored by Responsible Alcohol Retailers of Weld County (RARWC).

To enter, the senior must submit a completed application, including a 500-word essay and a letter of recommendation.

Submit Your Essay Contest Entry By 3 p.m. Friday, April 6


For more information, contact Weld Country Prevention Partners Coordinator Nomie Ketterling at nomie.ketterling@nrbh.org or call (970) 313-1159. Essays become the property of RARWC and may be featured on the organization’s website.

It’s Prom Season: Make Sure Your Teen Is Safe

Prom is such a big deal to teens. It’s about finding the perfect dress, the right date, and the best After Party. But After Parties can turn a memorable evening into a tragedy, especially if alcohol or drugs are involved. In fact, the highest level of teen-related auto accidents happen during this time of year.

Here’s how parents can help their teens stay safe:

  • Host an alcohol-free After Party at your home and invite other parents to participate in the event.
  • Rent a car service for your teen so they don’t get behind the wheel or ride with someone who’s under the influence. This can be Uber, Lyft, a cab or even a limousine.
  • Determine rules and set boundaries for your teen. Let them know your expectations for the evening.
  • Get an itinerary for the evening from them, and if anything changes, make sure they notify you BEFORE a change is made.
  • Don’t let them attend a party where alcohol will be served.
  • If they are attending a party, make sure you speak with the parents who are hosting it. Find out if alcohol will be served, how many chaperones will be on hand, and maybe even volunteer to be one.
  • Establish a “no questions asked” policy with your teen—if your teen finds themselves in an uncomfortable situation or in trouble, let them know they can call you and you will assist them without judgment.
  • Stay connected with your teen on prom night. Ask them to text you periodically during the evening and not turn off their phone or be out of contact at any time.
  • Don’t wait until the day of prom to have these discussions with your teen. They’ll be too distracted!



National Drug Take-Back Day: Saturday, April 28

Saturday, April 28 marks the nation’s 15th Annual Prescription Drug Take-Back Day and communities across Northern Colorado are making it easy for residents to participate. This event is designed to increase awareness about the dangers of no-longer-needed or outdated prescription drugs falling in to the wrong hands.

“Many people don’t realize that medicines that languish in home medicine cabinets are often misused and abused,” said Weld County Prevention Partners Coordinator Nomie Ketterling. “The rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are at alarming highs. Accidental overdoses and poisoning from these drugs are also prevalent.” In addition, studies have shown that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from friends and family, including from the home medicine cabinet.

“Many people don’t know how to dispose of their unused medicine properly. Sometimes they flush them down the toilet or throw them away, which is harmful to our water supply and a huge safety and health hazard,” Ketterling continued.

Local residents can drop off old prescription drugs between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at police department headquarters in Greeley, Evans, Windsor, Johnstown, Eaton and Milliken. The Evans Police Department drop off is in the parking lot of Sam’s Club. The Eaton Police Department will be at Heritage Market at 180 S. Elm Avenue in Eaton from 10 a.m-2 p.m.



Talk to your kids about the dangers of alcohol and drugs





This edition features:

“April is Alcohol Awareness Month”

“Weld County Prevention Partners Supports Safe Prom Events”

“National Drug Take-Back Day: Saturday, April 28”

“2nd Annual RARWC Essay Contest: Entries Due Friday, April 6 at 5 p.m.”

“How To Talk To Your Teen About Gun Violence”

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.

Click here for the latest edition.


*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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