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Substance Abuse

Above The Influence Campaign
  • This Web site is created for the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign (a program of the Office of National Drug Control Policy). This campaign reflects what teens across the country have told us is going on in their lives.
NEW Colorado.gov/Marijuana
  • This website was created in 2014 and is managed and administered by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on behalf of the Office of the Governor and in partnership with a broad team of Colorado State agencies and partners.
  • Colorado.gov/marijuana was created to provide statewide current information for the general public about the laws, data and health effects of marijuana. The information available here will continually expand to feature a Spanish language version of the site, newly released data and public awareness campaigns to inform Coloradans.
  • Information for Parents including effects on youth, safe storage & accessibility, and how to talk to youth about marijuana
Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)
  • Since 1992 Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) has been training local grassroots groups, known as community anti-drug coalitions, in effective community problem-solving strategies, teaching them how to assess their local substance abuse-related problems and develop a comprehensive plan to address them.
  • Offers research, resources, and training on substance abuse issues.
Family Checkup: Positive Parenting Prevents Drug Abuse
  • Created by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA)
  • Online resource that equips parents with research-based skills to help keep their children drug-free.
  • NIDA-funded research has shown the critical role parents play in preventing their children from using drugs. Family Checkup poses questions for parents to consider as they interact with their children; highlighting parenting skills that are important in preventing the initiation and progression of drug use among youth. The resource incorporates video examples that show parents how-to and how-not-to emulate each skill with their own children.
  • Family Checkup Document
Get Smart About Drugs
Healthy People 2020
A National Conversation on Protecting Our Youth
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
PACT360 - Police and Communities Together
  • The Partnership for a Drug-Free America, with funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, launched this website. PACT360 features five law enforcement-led community prevention education programs designed to deal with existing drug and alcohol issues and empower parents and teens to protect themselves against these dangers.
NEW A Parent's Guide to Preventing Underage Marijuana Use | en Español
  • Published by the Seattle Children's Foundation in 2014
  • This guide was created in Washington and contains information about Washington resources and laws, however the advice is applicable in Colorado.
  • The guide contains information about effects of marijuana on adolescent physical and behavioral health, tips for parents to talk to their children about not using marijuana even if they have used it, and signs that a teen may be using marijuana.
The Partnership at Drug-Free.org
  • The Partnership at Drugfree.org is a drug abuse prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery resource, existing to help parents and caregivers effectively address alcohol and drug abuse with their teens and young adults.
Peer Assistance Services - Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention
  • Funded by Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Behavioral Health 
  • Launched in July 2013 by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Use this site to identify unknown medications in pill form.  Identification can take place with either physical characteristics or by manufacturer or name.  Once a medication is identified, Pillbox provides links to drug information and drug labels.
  • CSSRC Staff Review 12/4/13
Speak Now! | en Español
  • Talk with your kids about the dangers of teen drinking. Created by the Colorado Division of Behavioral Health, Department of Human Services.
  • The “Speak Now” campaign is part of the Colorado Prevention Partnership for Success (CPPS) statewide underage binge drinking initiative focused on implementing evidence-based substance abuse prevention practices, policies and approaches that build local and state prevention infrastructure in Colorado.
  • NEW Alcohol and Marijuana and the Teen Brain, released April 2014
  • NEW Alcohol and Marijuana poster, released April 2014
  • NEW Conversations about Alcohol poster, released June 2014
  • How to Fail Prom video. With the arrival of prom season comes parties, and the potential for dangerous situations involving alcohol. See how the excitement of prom night can turn into a summer-ruining experience when alcohol is added, and how a conversation between parents and teens can make a big difference.

Now's a good time to talk about how teens get alcohol. Where teens get alcohol: Home, older siblings, family gatherings, friends' homes, other parents, fake id, parties.

State of Colorado Underage Drinking Enforcement Website
  • Hosted by the Department of Revenue, this application contains information and data on underage drinking in Colorado.
Substance Abuse among Minors en Español
  • Posted April 2013.
  • Radio program on EDUCARadio from Denver Public Schools to provide information to Spanish speaking students and parents.
 Talk. They Hear You.
Too Smart to Start
  • The Too Smart To Start Web site helps youth, families, educators, and communities prevent underage alcohol use and its related problems. It provides useful programs and strategies, downloadable materials, interactive games and exercises, and other resources to support you in responding to The Surgeon General's Call to Action To Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking.











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