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 To Make This School Year A Great One For Your Teen

A new school year is always exciting. It’s a chance for new beginnings, new habits and new opportunities. So how do you help your teen avoid mistakes that they may have made last year? How can you help them set realistic goals and achieve them—without being a helicopter parent? Here are six ways to help keep your teen on track to succeed in high school this year.

  1. Attend Parent-Teacher Conferences. Studies show that teens do better in school when parents support their academic efforts. By meeting their teachers, learning their expectations and understanding school programs and policies, you can help your student navigate high school better. Remember, you can always request a meeting with a teacher, counselor or administrator anytime.
  2. Check Out The School Website. It’s usually filled with great information about activities, school holidays, extracurricular activities and student resources. Some teachers also maintain their own websites, so ask your teen about those.
  3. Support Homework Expectations. As your teen moves through high school, homework becomes more challenging. Help your student make a study schedule without their smartphone, TV or other distractions. Check in from time to time to make sure their stay on track. If your teen is struggling, help them find a tutor or other support as needed.
  4. Make Sure They Get Enough Sleep. Teens, as a rule, need 8-9.5 hours of sleep every night. If they don’t get enough sleep if can have a negative effect on short-term memory, performance, attentiveness and delayed response time. It’s a good idea to have them turn off all electronic devices one hour before bedtime so they can fall asleep quickly.
  5. Make Sure They Attend School. If they don’t attend classes, it’s easy to fall behind. They should only take a sick day if they are nauseated, have diarrhea or have a fever. If they consistently don’t want to go to school, find out if they are having issues with a teacher or friend, or if they are being bullied.
  6. Have Conversations About School. Ask open-ended questions that can’t be answered with a simple yes or no. Ask them about classes, teachers, homework, what subjects they like and don’t like and why. When you take their school experience seriously, they are more likely to as well.




Did you know that nearly 70% of teens who abuse of prescription medications get them from their friends or family? And more than 1,200 young children are brought to Colorado emergency rooms because they got into marijuana, alcohol or prescription drugs that were left within reach in a home?





Here are some tips to keep your kids, their friends, or other visitors in your home from accessing drugs and alcohol in your home.

  • Keep alcohol and marijuana locked up in a cabinet, storage bin or container.
  • If you or a child has a prescription for opioids, Ritalin, Adderall, anti-anxiety medications or other drugs, keep the drugs securely locked away. If you can’t lock them away, be sure to monitor the dosages and refills.
  • Remove your prescription medications from your medicine cabinet and store them in a place your kids or visitors can’t access. You’d be surprised to learn that many visitors to a home will look for prescription drugs in a medicine cabinet. Keep them locked away for safety’s sake!
  • Dispose of your unused or expired drugs properly. Most cities in Weld County have prescription drug drop-off locations hosted by law enforcement and other organizations.



Talk to your kids about the dangers of alcohol and drugs





This edition features:

How To Make This School Year A Great One For Your Teen

Top Mistakes Teens Make On Social Media

Healthy Snacks For Teens

Is Your Teen Being Bullied?

Teens And Binge Drinking

Weld County Prevention Partners Is Here For You

Neighborhoods Participate in National Night Out

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.