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.

High School Graduation: Celebrate, But Keep It Safe

It’s that time of year, with high school graduation ceremonies happening across Weld County and Colorado. It’s an exciting time for graduating seniors, their families and friends as they gather to celebrate the end of one chapter and the beginning of the next.

Don’t Serve Teens Alcohol At Graduation Parties

Are you planning a graduation party for a teen? Are you planning on serving alcohol at the celebration and think it’s just a rite of passage for teens to drink a little? While many adults feel this way, it’s still against the law for anyone under age 21 to drink alcohol, and if you serve it, you could be arrested or even held financially liable if someone is injured because of alcohol being served to a minor.

  1. If your teen is attending a graduation party, make sure you talk with the party hosts and let them know it’s not acceptable for them to serve alcohol to your teen.
  2. Don’t 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.
  3. If teens drink alcohol or use marijuana at a party, they can be arrested. If convicted, it is on their permanent record. They also can never have a career in law enforcement, aviation or some healthcare professions.
  4. Teens who drink or use drugs are more likely to be sexually assaulted—even by those they know and trust.
  5. If your teen use marijuana or alcohol and drives, they could get a DUI. The average cost of a DUI is more than $10,000.
  6. Teens are more likely 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.
  7. Have a conversation with your teen about your expectations, rules and consequences if they drink alcohol or use drugs.

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



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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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