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.

Most Teen Drinking Begins During The Holidays

When you think about the December holidays, you usually think of good times spent with family and friends. However, more teens start drinking during the holidays than any other time of the year. Why?

  • When school is out, parents don’t always monitor where their teens are, who they are with and what they are doing.
  • There are lots of parties and celebrations where alcohol is served, and it’s easier for teens to access it.
  • Some relatives or friends of yours— even you—may think it’s ok to let your teen have some spiked eggnog or champagne because it’s the holidays. Not true! Studies show that when parents supply alcohol to minors, it actually increases the risk for continued drinking in the teen years, instead of decreasing the risk. It actually is more likely to lead to drinking problems later in life, according to Drugfree.org.

To keep your teen safe during the holidays, it’s wise to:

  • Keep your alcohol and prescription drugs locked up. Even if you can trust your teen, you really don’t know if you can trust their friends.
  • If your teen is heading over to a friend’s home, make sure you talk to the parents and find out if they will be supervised. Let the parents know where you stand about drugs and alcohol.
  • Talk to your friends and family members and let them know you don’t want them serving alcohol or drugs to your teen.
  • Talk to your teen about “giving back” during the holidays. Have them research opportunities and choose one they can participate in.

Mark Your Calendars: National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week is January 22-28. This week-long health observance is sponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Weld County Prevention Partners will be launching a social media campaign to encourage teens to take the National Drug Facts Quiz. Visit our Facebook page for more information in January.

Winter Wellness Tips For Your Family

It’s so easy for families to hibernate on the couch during winter months, which can result in weight gain, lethargy and “winter blues.” Here are some tips to keep your family active and healthy during the winter months:

  • Make time for exercise, preferably together. And you don’t have to go to the gym (although that’s a great idea). Even a brisk walk around the neighborhood can boost your immune system, prevent holiday weight and increase your energy.
  • The dark days of winter can make you cranky—as if teens aren’t already cranky from time to time! If you don’t get enough sunshine in can result in blue moods, lack of energy, depression, increase eating and increased sleeping. Try to get outside during daytime hours to get your dose of sunshine!
  • If you have to shovel snow, do it properly. Start when the snow is falling and fresh, as it’s lighter. Before you start, do some stretches to get your muscles loosened and warm. Keep your back straight and use your legs to lift the shovel. Try not to twist your body and don’t toss snow over your shoulders. Use both sides of your body so you don’t overwork one side.
  • If you have to walk on ice, walk slowly and shuffle your feet close to the ground with your arms extended to your sides for extra balance. Make sure you can see where you are going. If you do take a spill, try to relax and fall on your side.
  • Buy a new family game or two for evening entertainment. Try not to get in a TV-watching or video-game rut.
  • Designate a family cooking night, and try a new recipe every week.



Talk to your kids about the dangers of alcohol and drugs





This edition features:

“How To Talk To Your Teen About Drugs And Alcohol”

“Most Teen Drinking Begins During The Holidays”

“Winter Wellness Tips For Your Family”

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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