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Youth Access to Alcohol, Marijuana, Prescription Drugs and other drugs

While standing outside liquor stores, marijuana dispensaries or buying drugs on the street still happens, these are not the only ways kids can get drugs or alcohol.

Where might they looking?
Medicine Cabinets

Parents should monitor their meds

Liquor Cabinets

Keep an eye on these, too


Simple searches can yield easy results

Older Siblings/Relatives

Older adults can, and frequently do, buy for your teen

Fake IDs

They’re widely used. Know the legal consequences

Parties/Family Gatherings

Birthdays, graduations or other special celebrations

Even if you're keeping alcohol, marijuana and prescription drugs secure in your home, there's always a chance a friend or classmate of your child is accessing alcohol, marijuana and prescription drugs at their home and bringing them to school or social gatherings. Have a conversation with your child regularly about the dangers of alcohol, marijuana and using medication not prescribed for them. Know his or her friends, and the parents of those friends, as this can help limit youth access to alcohol, marijuana and prescription drugs.

Selling Alcohol to Minors

The Colorado Department of Revenue, Liquor and Tobacco Enforcement ensures liquor stores, bars and restaurants comply with Colorado law and serve only customers who are 21 or older.

Colorado's Liquor Enforcement division shows the results of compliance checks so you can see which business near you have served, or sold to, minors. It also shows Minor in Possession citations and lets you anonymously report any business you believe is providing alcohol to kids.

You can also make an anonymous report by calling 1-877-662-4643.

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