Summit County Government

Posted on: November 6, 2015

Healthy Futures Initiative Seeks Local Views on Substance Use

Graphic of Healthy Futures logo.

The coalition is investigating attitudes and behaviors related to marijuana and other substances through a community survey this month

Laurie Blackwell, Healthy Futures Initiative

SUMMIT COUNTY – In the wake of legalization of recreational marijuana, Healthy Futures Initiative (HFI) is conducting a community survey to better understand local opinions and behaviors related to marijuana and other substances. The survey is available to all adults in Summit County and is offered in English and Spanish.

“The landscape has shifted in a significant way, and we need to know how that change is affecting people’s perceptions of marijuana use and substance use in general,” County Commissioner Thomas Davidson said. “In order to carry out our work in helping families and individuals to make healthy choices, we have to understand what they think about these issues.”

The survey results will help inform future educational and outreach initiatives related to substance-abuse prevention by HFI and its member organizations, which include Summit County, Summit School District, Colorado Mountain College, local municipalities and law enforcement agencies, ski areas, nonprofit organizations and businesses.

HFI selected Corona Insights, a Denver-based market-research company, to design and conduct the survey. Several of HFI’s community partners, including Summit School District, Colorado Mountain College, the Community Care Clinic, the Family and Intercultural Resource Center, Summit County Public Health, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area and Copper Mountain, are assisting with the distribution of the survey to young adults and to parents of school-age children.

“We have a special interest in learning about the views of parents in our community, because they are a key group of partners in our substance-abuse prevention work with local youth,” HFI Coordinator Laurie Blackwell said. “We’re also keenly interested in what young adults have to say on these issues, so that we’re best equipped to reach out to this demographic.”

The community survey coincides with and complements the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, which is being administered to Summit High School and Summit Middle School students this fall. Many of the questions in the community survey were written to align with those of the student survey. In addition to marijuana, both surveys will gather information on behaviors and attitudes related to tobacco, alcohol, prescription drugs and other drugs.

“Taken together, the data from these two surveys will give us a good picture of current levels of substance use and abuse in our community, as well as how harmful our young people perceive these substances to be,” Blackwell said.

Adults in the Summit County community can take the survey online at The deadline for responses is Friday, Nov. 30. The survey is funded by Summit County and the towns of Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco and Silverthorne.


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