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.
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Guest Editorial: Teens should learn how to say no to alcohol
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For marijuana-addicted teens, one Colorado school is trying a groundbreaking approach
Here's a great article about a new on-campus outpatient program is helping high school students beat their addiction to marijuana.
Student Falls to Death After Eating Marijuana Cookie
A Denver coroner has ruled that a Wyoming college student visiting Colorado on spring break fell to his death after consuming a marijuana cookie. The student fell from the balcony of a Holiday Inn due to "marijuana intoxication."
Eating marijuana affects people differently than smoking it. When eaten, it goes into the blood stream. They high lasts longer and takes longer to take effect. When smoked, it goes into the nervous system and the high is almost instant. It also doesn't last as long.
Marijuana can be especially dangerous when ingested by young people, like middle and high school students. Since it doesn't take effect immediately, kids can mistakenly think "it isn't working" and consume more, leading to a more severe "high." Marijuana brownies, chocolates, mints, cookies, gummy bears and other tasty treats are legally available for anyone 21 years of age. However, more and more teens are finding access to such treats. Since they are delicious and easily digested, many youth think it can't be harmful.
This news article can provide parents with a great "teaching moment." Consider having a conversation with your children about the dangers of marijuana, what your rules and consequences are, and why it's important to you to protect their future.
You can read the entire article here.
Hickenlooper Wants $100 Million for Substance Abuse Prevention
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper wants $100 million budgeted for substance abuse prevention in the next fiscal year. He wrote a letter to legislative budget writers this week, asking for the line item, as tax revenue from pot sales should exceed $98 million this year. Click here to read the blog by Robert Sanchez.
Philip Seymour Hoffman Death: Saves 10 Lives?
Movie goers are indeed grieving over the recent loss of Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died as a result of a heroin overdose. However, West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin takes issue with this description, saying it wasn't due to a heroin overdose, but rather due to heroin. He said, "We should stop implying that if he'd just taken the proper amount then everything would have been fine."
Frankly, we think this is one of the wiser statements made about Hoffman's tragic death. The article also refers to a conversation between Sorkin and Hoffman during which the actor shared that if one of them were to overdose, it would probably save 10 other addicts from overdosing, While hopefully this kind of sad, unnecessary loss can inspire others to address their addiction and seek help, we'd probably all prefer that Hoffman could serve as an inspiration while still alive, still parenting his three children, and still providing all of us with unforgettable performances in film and the theatre stage. Read more here.
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K99's Todd Harding Interviews WCPP Coordinator Nomie Ketterling
Want to learn more about Weld County Prevention Partners? Listen to this episode of "CounterPoint" with K99's Todd Harding as he interviews WCPP Coordinator Nomie Ketterling.