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.

MAKE PROM NIGHT ONE TO REMEMBER

It’s high school prom season, which means there’s a lot of excitement and planning going on. There are dresses to buy, tuxes to try on, corsages to order and dinner reservations to be made.

Help your teen have a prom to remember. Click here to visit our section on prom and help educate your teen on these topics: Three Ways to Keep Your Teen Safe on Prom Night, Top Mistakes Teens Make on Prom Night, and Secrets to a Successful After Prom Party.

 

 

Talk to your kids about the dangers of alcohol and drugs

 

 

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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.

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