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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Is Marijuana Use Riskier Than We Thought?
Did you know that marijuana use doubles the risk of a car accident? Or that people who smoke marijuana have an increased risk of heart attack and stroke? USA Today's Liz Szabo talked to the experts about the true risks of marijuana use, and what she learned might surprise you.
Check out the full story here.
Weld County Prevention Partners would like to extend our thanks to Governor Hickenlooper for signing a new marijuana edibles rules law into affect on Wednesday.
The law requires marijuana product manufacturers to provide clear identification that the product contains marijuana. We believe this is a first step to help protect our youth from products that look like cookies, candies and brownies but actually contain marijuana.
Read more here.
Windsor High School students celebrate Safe Prom Initiative event before prom
Windsor High School students were treated to a live remote broadcast by country radio station K99 before their prom Saturday, thanks to a collaboration between Weld County Prevention Partners, the DEFY Street Team at Windsor High School, high school administration and the After Prom Party Committee, consisting of about 75 parents and community leaders.
Read more here.
Fourth Graders Busted for Selling Pot in Greeley
When marijuana was legalized in Colorado, one of the concerns was that it would be easy for those under age 21 to have access to it. Well, those concerns are definitely valid, as illustrated by this story that made national news. In two separate instances, a fourth grader was busted for selling marijuana to classmates in Greeley, Colorado.
"One students was selling a small amount of leafy green marijuana, and the other sold a marijuana edible," said Weld County Prevention Partners Coordinator Nomie Ketterling. "While all pot is dangerous when used by anyone under 21, edible marijuana is perhaps of greatest concern, since it can be ingested in the form of a cookie, brownie or candy. This makes it very attractive to youth. After all, if it’s a cookie, how bad can it be?"
According to Ketterling, this news story presents a great opportunity for a "teaching moment" for parents. "When something like this makes national news, it’s easy to start a dialog about the subject with your kids. Ask them what they think about it, share your views, discuss what the laws are. It’s a good time to talk about rules and consequences," she said.
Check out the whole story here.
A teen who ate 6X recommended amount of pot cookies leaps to death
Parents, here's a great teaching moment for you. Share this article with your teen and discuss the dangers of ingesting marijuana/THC, as well as the laws against anyone under age 21 using it.
Guest Editorial: Teens should learn how to say no to alcohol
Click here to read the whole story.
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.
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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.
K99's Todd Harding Interviews Strengthening Families 10-14 Coordinator Nancy Haffner
Learn more about the free seven-week program that helps middle school families communicate more effectively.
Townsquare Media and K99 are airing public service announcements for Weld County Prevention Partners in August
We are grateful for their support in helping us prevent underage drinking in Weld County.
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