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.

How To Help Your Teens This Summer

During the summer months a lot of teens say things like, “I’m bored!” or “There’s nothing to do.” As a parent, you want to make sure your teen has a great summer. But you also don’t want them to get into trouble—which is easy to do. In fact, lots of teens start drinking alcohol or experimenting with marijuana and other drugs during the summer months. Here are ways to help your teen enjoy the rest of the summer and stay safe.

  • Encourage your teen to volunteer 2-4 times per month. There are so many nonprofits that need help, like the Humane Society of Weld County, United Way agencies, food banks, vacation Bible schools and more. They’ll meet new people, see how nonprofits work in the community and feel good about helping others.
  • Know where they are, who they are spending time with and what they are doing. It’s not snooping—it’s parenting.
  • If they are going to spend time at a friend’s home, make sure you have a conversation with their parents. Let them know you don’t want them to have access to alcohol, marijuana or other drugs. Ask if there will be adult supervision.
  • Take the time to have a conversation about how they feel about the next school year. What do they want to be different? What are their goals? Are there ways you can help? Success begins with goals and visualization.
  • Choose a book for the whole family to read and them schedule a night to discuss the book together. Make it fun! Have a picnic or a make-your-own pizza night. Be sure to have a list of questions to get the conversation started.
  • Be sure to have a conversation with your teen about alcohol and driving. Make sure they know never to get into a vehicle with a driver that has been drinking or using drugs. Let them know you’ll help them get home safely, without yelling or getting in trouble.
  • Encourage your teen to stay active. Go for a walk in a park, ride a bike on the Poudre River Trail, walk 30 minutes as a family after dinner or walk the dog.

Here’s to a safe summer in Weld County!




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.