Parents Toll-Free Helpline: 1-855-DRUGFREE or 1-855-378-4373, a nationwide bilingual support service, offering assistance to parents who want to talk to someone about their child's drug use and drinking.

Alcohol and Drug Helpline: 800-821-4357

Colorado Quitline: 800-784-8669 (for tobacco cessation)

Suicide Hotline: 800-784-2433

Underage Drinking Hotline: 877-662-4643


40 Developmental Assets - Search Institute has identified the following building blocks of healthy development—known as Developmental Assets—that help young children grow up healthy, caring, and responsible.

Above the Influence - Designed for teens, is an interactive website filled with alcohol, tobacco and other drug information, facts, and media shorts.

Alcoholics Anonymous -, AA is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. 

CADCA - Provides online courses to help build drug-free communities. -  Honest, on the edge, creative parenting blog.

Love and Logic - Love and Logic is a philosophy of raising and teaching children which allows adults to be happier, empowered, and more skilled in the interactions with children. Love allows children to grow through their mistakes. Logic allows children to live with the consequences of their choices. Love and Logic is a way of working with children that puts parents and teachers back in control, teaches children to be responsible, and prepares young people to live in the real world, with its many choices and consequences.

MindSprings Health - is a private, non-profit corporation founded in 1970 to provide outpatient mental health services to the residents of Western Colorado. Colorado West serves the ten northwestern Colorado Counties of: Eagle, Garfield, Grand, Jackson, Mesa, Moffat, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, Routt and Summit.

ParentFurther - Providing practical, everyday parenting tips and helpful advice for difficult situations, ParentFurther is your online resource that will help you teach your kids positive values; set clear boundaries and enforce reasonable consequences; find the support and knowledge you need to help your kids grow up successfully; focus on the things that matter most to your family.

Partnership for a Drug-Free America – The Partnership for a Drug-Free America is a nonprofit coalition of communication, health, medical and educational professionals working to reduce illicit drug use and help people live healthy, drug-free lives. The website provides information on ATOD's and advice to parents, educators and teens.

Recovery Connection - Talking to Your Child About Drugs - Article that provides tips to parents and specifies by age group. - Colorado's official online resource for the prescription drug public health crisis.


Our teens are growing up in a new age of drug use: E-cigarettes with pure liquid nicotine - marijuana with THC levels 10 times higher than in the 70s – unassuming marijuana concentrates and edibles – growing popularity of “alco-pops” and hard liquor – and an age of media that supports and encourages intoxication and carelessness.  Now, more than ever, there’s a reason for parents and community members to get in the know when it comes to raising healthy teens!  
The good news is that parents have more influence over their child than friends, music, TV, the Internet and celebrities!  Hard to believe, right?  But it’s true.  According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, national surveys of teens ages 12 to 17 show that teens who believe their parents would strongly disapprove of their substance use were less likely to use substances than others.  That is why it is critical to start talking with your children about the dangers of drugs, before they start experimenting – and keep talking.  You can help the children in your life steer clear of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and other drugs by using an easy acronym—M.A.L.T!


  • Never drive impaired
  • Drink responsibly
  • Offer non-alcoholic beverages at parties
  • If you are using prescription drugs, talk to your kids about why you are taking them and follow your doctor's prescription
  • If you use tobacco, explain that you are trying or want to quit
  • Never provide alcohol to minors, its illegal!  And, in many communities, so is hosting a party for underage drinkers

The 40 Developmental Assets model helps us see which positive influences a child needs in their life to grow up "healthy, caring and responsible.” A few include:

  • Positive Adult Role Models/Mentors
  • Service to Others (1 or more hours per week)
  • Youth Programs (3 or more hours per week)
  • Connection with Faith-Based Community


  • Monitor or secure alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and prescription drugs in your home
  • Keep in a locked cabinet or,
  • Keep a count of bottles and amounts


  • Start talking about the effects and consequences of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and other drugs early
  • Talk often; 4-5 times per year
  • Set clear expectations, rules and consequences related to alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and other drugs in your home