For more than 25 years, Grand Futures Prevention Coalition has served faithfully and diligently as a critical non-profit youth substance use prevention organization in Northwestern Colorado. It was introduced in 1991. Our mission is “To create and support healthy, positive lifestyle choices as alternatives to substance abuse for our youth and in our community,” and its long-established mission has become permanent in the fiber of Routt, Moffat and Grand counties in the 14th Judicial District of Colorado.
This weekly column about parenting issues is written by area youth-serving professionals. It publishes on Mondays in the Steamboat Today. Read more columns here.
We know that our youth are at-risk for alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, or ATOD, including prescription misuse and abuse. Of particular concern is early initiation and potential dependency during critical developmental years, especially the impact on the developing brain.
These dependencies can lead to issues with law enforcement, negatively impact families and peer relationships and lower overall academic achievement. Early ATOD initiation can ruin the chance of a healthy future while at the same time perpetuating a cycle that impacts the individual, loved ones, our community and a…
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