Oct. 29, 2013 — National Red Ribbon Week is claimed to be the oldest and largest drug prevention program. This year’s event began Wednesday, Oct. 23 and will end Thursday, Oct. 31.
It provides a time to teach students the importance of "A healthy me is drug free," this year's Red Ribbon Week theme. Joining the efforts, the Lassen County Office of Education is hosting assemblies at county schools, some which will extend later into the school year.
According to redribbon.org, National Family Partnership organized the first Red Ribbon Campaign in 1988. It began as a response to the 1985 murder of Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique Camarena. He was reportedly tortured and killed by drug traffickers and his death angered parents and youth who started wearing red badges of satin to show their commitment to raise awareness of the destruction drugs can cause.
School leaders aren't the only ones encouraged to participate, as in California there is a push for families, educators and business owners to honor Red Ribbon Week.
To be part of a drug-free America, families can take the Red Ribbon Pledge. The pledge states parents and citizens will talk to their children and children in their lives about the dangers of drug abuse; they we will set clear rules for children in not using drugs; they will set a good example for children by not using illegal drugs or medicines without a prescription; they will monitor children's behavior and enforce appropriate consequences so rules are respected and they will encourage family and friends to follow the same guidelines to keep children from substance abuse.
According to redribbon.org, children of parents who regularly talk to their teens about drugs are 42 percent less likely to use drugs than those who don't. Yet, only a quarter of teens report having these conversations.
So parents, guardians, educators and community members, let’s have these discussions with our youth and do what we can to keep our youth, our future, drug free.
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