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.



It’s high school graduation time! Students are excited about getting out of school, and families are busy planning celebrations. As your teen gets get ready to start the next chapter of their life, how can you make sure they stay safe? For one thing, you can make sure they’re safe on graduation night.

Are you planning a graduation party for a teen? Are you planning on serving alcohol at the celebration? Or is your teen going to attend a post-graduation party at someone’s home? Many adults think that drinking alcohol is almost a “rite of passage” for graduating seniors. But it’s important that we facilitate and model a healthy and thriving environment for them, especially at such a celebratory time!

Alcohol, Drugs And Graduation Parties

  • If teens drink alcohol or use marijuana at a party, they can be arrested. If they are convicted, it is on their permanent record. That means they can never have a career in law enforcement, aviation or some healthcare professions.
  • Teens who drink alcohol or use drugs are more likely to be sexually assaulted. Unfortunately, the perpetrator could be someone they know and trust.
  • If your teen uses marijuana or drinks alcohol and drives, they could get a DUI. The average cost of a DUI is more than $10,000.
  • Teens tend to make poor choices when they drink or do drugs, like get behind the wheel of a car or ride with someone who has been drinking.

It’s important to have a conversation with your teen about your expectations, rules and consequences. If your teen is attending a graduation party, it’s wise to have a conversation with the party hosts and let them know it’s not acceptable for them to serve alcohol to your teen. It’s also important to not serve alcohol to teens at your home. Even if you don’t know about it, or haven’t provided the alcohol, you could be arrested for it.

Let’s keep our teens safe during graduation season. They have a lot of exciting things ahead of them, and together, we want that future to be bright.


John Mehl is the Campus Pastor at Timberline Church’s Windsor Campus. He is a member of Weld County Prevention Partners and lives in Windsor with his wife Kiersten and two children.




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:

Help Us Keep Our Teens Safe During Graduation Season

Teen Dating Violence Becoming a Public Health Issue

Woman Loses Two Sons To Opioids On Graduation Night

Help Your Teen Have a Great, Safe Summer

Responsible Alcohol Retailers of Weld County Announce Essay Contest Winner

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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.