Following the murder of a DEA agent in 1985, parents and youth wore red ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction caused by drugs in America. Three years later, the National Family Partnership began the Red Ribbon Celebration, which was designed to help promote drug prevention awareness among youth and teens.
This year, Red Ribbon Week falls from October 23–31. In order to prepare, check out some of these facts from a 2016 report from the National Institute on Drug Abuse:
To learn more about drug prevention or how you can support Red Ribbon Week, contact your local Substance Abuse Counseling Center.
Research in a recent article by the National Institute on Drug Abuse revealed while substance use generally begins during the adolescent years, there are known biological, psychological, social, and environmental factors that contribute to the risk that begin accumulating as early as the (prenatal through age 8) period.
The misuse of prescription drugs is always high-risk and carries serious consequences for people choosing to participate in it.
Millions of people will gather to raise awareness regarding the need for alcohol, tobacco and other drug and violence prevention, early intervention, and treatment services during Red Ribbon Week.