Know the Facts
We don’t have to tell you, your kids are physically growing and changing every day. Did you know that a young person’s brain is still developing up until age 25?
Studies show that using alcohol and drugs during adolescence may interrupt the natural course of brain maturation and key processes of brain development.
That’s a big reason why it’s so important to prevent or reduce substance use and abuse amongst the young people in our community.
The impact of drugs and alcohol on the developing brain can have harmful effects on academic, occupational and social functioning that can extend into adulthood.
What exactly can alcohol and drug use do to a young person’s developing brain? For more information, visit Speak Now Colorado at speaknowcolorado.org.
Now that marijuana is legalized in Colorado for people 21 years and older, teens and young adults may get conflicting messages about using the drug. Here are some things we do know.
There are many misconceptions about drugs and alcohol use.
For example, one reason teens may start using alcohol, marijuana or other drugs is they think “everyone is doing it.” But the fact is, that is not true.
For more about the myths and the facts of alcohol and drug use, visit the National Institute of Drug Abuse Easy to Read Drug Facts or Drug Shatter the myths teen brochure.