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To reach the growing Hispanic population in Douglas County and the surrounding Metro Area, the Douglas County Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition has launched a Spanish-language version of its website with important information and resources for parents and teens to prevent youth substance abuse.
"We want the youth in our area to know they have a lot of support when they’re faced with the choice to drink or use drugs. We’ve got their back,” said Peter Rodriguez, a community advocate and co-pastor at the Iglesia Nueva Vida church in Castle Rock. “We hope this website will empower the youth, their parents, teachers and the entire community, so we can work together for the healthy development of our next generation."
The website is full of important, sometimes surprising information about alcohol and drug use. For example, research shows that most teens do not regularly drink or use drugs, despite what they may hear from their peers. The site even offers strategies for teens to get themselves out of sticky situations when they’re pressured to use drugs or alcohol.
Other valuable information provided includes a summary of the legal consequences of youth substance use, and evidence-based research on its effects on the developing bodies and brains of teens and young adults. Parents and teens can also find contact information and links to resource organizations that can help if they or someone close to them is dealing with a substance use problem.
Access the Spanish-language site here at: www.prevenciondougco.org, or the English site here: www.dougcoprevention.org.
About Douglas County Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition:
Established in 2016, the Douglas County Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition is a collaborative organization featuring a cross-section of community members. Participating stakeholders include mental health providers, local law enforcement agencies, first responders, hospitals, the county school district, human services providers, the district attorney’s office, the faith-based community, and youth-serving organizations, parents and community members.
The Coalition is funded by a grant from The Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health, with the goals of reducing underage alcohol and marijuana consumption by youths age 12-20, and the misuse and abuse of prescription medications by youths age 12-25 in Douglas County.