WELD COUNTY PREVENTION PARTNERS

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.

Prescription Drug Take Back Day is October 27

You know those outdated prescriptions that are languishing in your medicine cabinet or the bottom of a drawer? Now you can get rid of them safely and easily, thanks to Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 27.

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is designed to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

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.

Halloween And Your Teen

Are teenagers too old to go Trick or Treating? It’s really up to your teen. Some feel like they’re too old to go door to door asking for candy. Others still want to dress up and have fun on Halloween. Here are some ways that you can help them have a great—and safe—Halloween:

  1. Review the laws with your teen. Make sure they understand community curfews, laws about private property, alcohol and drugs. Let them know that law enforcement will be out in full force on Halloween, and they don’t want to misbehave.
  2. Coach your teen about NOT using social media. Sometimes teens make mistakes and then text or post incriminating evidence. Make sure they understand the importance of keeping their social media clean, to avoid future problems regarding college applications or job opportunities.
  3. Recruit them to hand out treats at your home. Instead of them going out ask them to make Halloween special for the kids coming by.
  4. If they do go out, make sure they are wearing light colored clothing or reflective wear or marking on their costumes. There are those who will call the police if they see teens lurking about in dark clothing—fair or not—and you don’t want them to get in trouble.
  5. Talk to them about driving safety. Remind them that little children are out and about and aren’t paying attention. Encourage them to take it slow and be on the lookout for unpredictable kids.
  6. Provide a curfew for them, and make sure they understand the consequences if they miss it.
  7. Remind them never to get in a vehicle with a driver that has been drinking alcohol or using marijuana or other drugs.
  8. Hide the eggs, toilet paper stash and other “trickster” favorites. Better safe than sorry.
  9. Offer to host a Halloween “scary movie marathon” at your home for them and their friends. Provide snacks and non-alcoholic drinks.

 

 

Talk to your kids about the dangers of alcohol and drugs

 

 

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This edition features:

“Prescription Drug Take Back Day is October 27”

“Halloween And Your Teen”

“Family Activities to Share With Your Teen”

“Responsible Alcohol Retailers of Weld County”

“One in Three Colorado High School Students Use Nicotine”

“Is Your Teen A Cell Phone Addict?”

“Did You Know?”

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TEENS + MARIJUANA

*Stats courtesy of Drug Abuse.gov
22.7%
12th graders who used marijuana in the past month
6.5%
12th graders now use marijuana every day
15%
The amount of THC in marijuana has increased over the past few decades

DID YOU KNOW?

SURPRISING FACTS ABOUT MARIJUANA TO SHARE WITH YOUR TEEN

  • 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.