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.



Did you know that more teens try alcohol or drugs for the first time during school holidays? When teens are out of school for Spring Break or other vacations, parents can’t always be home with them. That means there can be a lot of unsupervised hours. That’s why it’s so important for parents to have a plan in place to help keep their kids out of trouble.

  • Make sure you know what your teen is doing, where they are and who there are with.
  • If they are spending time with a friend at their home, be sure to talk to their parents about whether an adult will be there, as well.
  • Set a policy about your teen having friends over when you’re not there. You can trust your teen and their close friends, but you may not know their friend’s friends.
  • Make sure your alcohol, prescription drugs and marijuana are secured and not accessible. Many teens “troll” medicine cabinets, drawers and cabinets for controlled substances and alcohol at their friend’s homes.
  • Develop a code word that your teen can text you if they find themselves in an uncomfortable situation in your home or someone else’s.

It’s also a good idea to give your teen some ideas about what they can do with their spare time during Spring Break. Encourage them to volunteer for a nonprofit. Ask them to plan and prepare a “theme night” for the family, complete with food, activities and fun. Take a walk on the Poudre River Trail. Go to the Greeley History Museum. Brainstorm together and see if you can help this be the best Spring Break ever—and a safe one!

Paul Faust and his wife Lori have lived in Eaton since 2004, after retiring from the U. S. Air Force. He has three sons. They enjoy camping and boating together and love living in Eaton.




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.



Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, April 27
By Greeley Police Chief Mark Jones

You know those outdated prescriptions that are languishing in your medicine cabinet or the bottom of a drawer? It’s time to get rid of them. However, you shouldn’t throw them in the trash or down the toilet. Instead, you can get rid of them safely and easily, thanks to Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 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.

As a service to the community, The Greeley Police Department is serving as a drop off point between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at police department headquarters at 2875 W. 10th St. in Greeley. The Evans Police Department has its drop off point at Sam’s Club between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., as well. You can also drop off your unwanted prescription drugs at the University of Northern Colorado Student Center during the same time period.

As law enforcement professionals, we believe in taking every precaution to make sure prescription drugs—even outdated ones—don’t end up in the wrong hands.

According to a 2017 survey by the Center for Disease Control, 14% of high school students had taken prescription pain medicine (counting drugs such as codeine, Vicodin, OxyContin, Hydrocodone and Percocet) without a doctor’s prescription or differently than how a doctor told them to use it one or more times during their life. These drugs are in high demand on the street. It’s every adult’s responsibility to help keep these drugs out of our water supply and out of the hands of anyone without a prescription.

I hope you will consider bringing all of your out-of-date prescriptions to the Greeley Police Department on Saturday, April 27. It’s a simple way to help keep our community safe.

Chief Jones began his law enforcement career over 32 years ago with the Greeley Police Department. He has been the Greeley Police Chief since June of 2018.



Talk to your kids about the dangers of alcohol and drugs





This edition features:

Talk to Your Teen About the National Drug Facts IQ Challenge

Daily Use of Marijuana Among Non-College Young Adults at All-Time High

How Does Nicotine In e-cigarettes Affect Teen Brains

Youth Who Drink Alcohol Are More Likely to Experience…

Best Apps For Parents of Teenagers

Signs That Your Kid Could Be Using Marijuana

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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.