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.

BINGE DRINKING HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

*Stats courtesy of Speak Now Colorado.
0%
Also used marijuana in past month
0%
Felt sad for two weeks or more
0%
Seriously considered suicide

 

 

Talk to your kids about the dangers of alcohol and drugs

 

 

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

HALLOWEEN AND MARIJUANA EDIBLES: BE ALERT

Guest editorial by Jerry Garner, Chief, Greeley Police Department

Halloween used to be a joyous time when children could go out trick or treating in their neighborhoods without fear. Parents didn’t have to accompany them, neighbors made homemade goodies that weren’t suspect, and the most dangerous thing was the sugar high from candy.

Now many parents don’t allow children to go treat or treating in the neighborhood. They take their kids to Halloween parties at churches, malls and schools. They peruse their Halloween bags to make sure nothing dangerous has infiltrated the packages of candy.

ediblesAnd now there’s even more that parents need to be concerned about: marijuana edibles in packaging that looks frighteningly similar to favorite candies like Reese’s peanut butter cups, Oreo cookies, Butterfinger candy bars and more.

Law enforcement across the country is warning parents to carefully inspect treats before kids have the chance to ingest them. It’s also a good idea to have a conversation with your children. Show them photos of the “lookalike” marijuana edibles. Let them know that marijuana is illegal. Explain to older children and teens that marijuana can cause permanent damage to young developing brains and can be dangerous. Make sure they also understand that marijuana, when ingested, is much more unpredictable and can have wildly different effects on bodies. A single pot brownie can produce a mild high in one person, and produce a severe high with side affects like paranoia, nausea and even panic attacks in others. Finally, ask them to tell you if someone offers them marijuana in any form.

Finally, if you have trick or treaters come to your door that are obviously impaired by alcohol or drugs, contact your local law enforcement. Provide a description of the costumes they are wearing, the number in their party, your address and the direction they are traveling.

Here’s to a safe, and sober, Halloween.