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"Drugs in the Community Your Teen Knows About" Followup

On September 29th, the Parker Police Department offered an informational evening for parents at the PACE Center, ”Drugs in the Community Your Teen Knows About”.  The training was led by Lynn Riemer who calls herself the “Mad Chemist”. Lynn Riemer is President of, and is passionate about educating parents and youth about the dangers of drugs in our community.  Additional sponsors of the event were the Douglas County Youth Initiative and JAC (Juvenile Assessment Center). The Town of Parker paid for the event.



In addition to learning about the impact of drugs in our community, Chris Lazarus, a parent of a child who died of a heroin overdose, shared her compelling story. She states that no one is immune to this addiction and that it crosses all economic barriers.

Ms. Riemer presented information on drugs available in our community highlighting marijuana, heroin and synthetic drugs. Additionally, current statistics regarding the legalization of Marijuana in Colorado were shared by Riemer.  As a parent, it is important to understand the warning signs of drug use and reach out to resources in our community.   More information and resources are available on and

October 7, 2015 | By gcburnett | Category: Prevention and School Culture

District News

The Douglas County School District Board of Education welcomes Dr. Thomas S. Tucker into the role of Superintendent of Douglas County School District. Dr. Tucker officially leads the 68,000 student district as of July 1, 2018.


Nearly 1,500 Colorado students applied for the prestigious Boettcher Foundation Scholarship this year, with 42 being named recipients. Of those, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) is proudly home to four recipients.


When it comes to mental health services, communities traditionally focus on supporting kids as needs arise. This work is crucial for the safety of our students. Equally important, though, is prevention-based programming that can help, early on, prevent the social-emotional challenges our kids may be experiencing from escalating.