The 2017 National Red Ribbon Week theme: Your Future Is Key, So Stay Drug Free™.
WHAT IS RED RIBBON WEEK?
The Red Ribbon Campaign® is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation, reaching millions of young people during Red Ribbon Week®, October 23rd – October 31st each year. It is an ideal way for people and communities to unite and take a visible stand against drugs. Show your personal commitment to a drug-free lifestyle through the symbol of the Red Ribbon, October 23 – 31st.
The Red Ribbon Campaign® was started when drug traffickers in Mexico City murdered DEA agent Kiki Camarena in 1985. This began the continuing tradition of displaying Red Ribbons as a symbol of intolerance towards the use of drugs. The mission of the Red Ribbon Campaign® is to present a unified and visible commitment towards the creation of a DRUG – FREE AMERICA. WHO? National Family Partnership is the sponsor of the National Red Ribbon Week® Celebration. We are helping citizens across the country come together to keep children, families and communities safe, healthy and drug-free, through parent training, networking and sponsoring the National Red Ribbon Campaign®.
DID YOU KNOW?
Children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don’t, yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations. Check out https://www.samhsa.gov/underage-drinking for tips on talking to your children. This applies to talking about both alcohol and other drugs.
Listen for the radio PSAs from FAD on Q102 and Radio M during the month of October. Here is the link to the song and lyrics “Talk, They Hear You” which is the background music. https://www.samhsa.gov/underage-drinking/partner-resources/soundtrack
“Positive Social Norms Campaign” to prevent use and abuse of marijuana (Pizza Box Sticker)
A positive social norms approach focuses on the positive messages about healthy behaviors and attitudes that are common to a group of peers. Our perceptions of our peers’ attitudes and behaviors influences our own attitudes and behaviors.
Be on the lookout for these pizza stickers beginning Thanksgiving week. The purpose of this positive social norms campaign is to alert both young people and adults that not everyone is smoking marijuana.
Did You Know?
9 out of 10 Rome/Floyd County high school students did NOT use marijuana in the past 30 days.
*Georgia Student Health Survey in both Rome City and Floyd County schools.
And secondly to bring awareness to the damage to the teen brain when young people use marijuana.
Here are a few of the facts that we all need to know.
- The teen brain is fragile, especially in adolescence. In 2012, one of the most well designed studies on marijuana and intelligence found that marijuana use reduces IQ by as much as eight points by age 38 among people who started using marijuana regularly before age 18.
- Today’s highly potent marijuana poses an acute health problem for teens.
- 1 in 6 kids who try marijuana will become addicted to it.
- Marijuana is the #1 reason adolescents are admitted for substance abuse treatment in the United States.
Teen Maze Event
Community Night Preview is Tuesday, October 25, 2016 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds. All adults are invited to go through the Maze at this time.
Students will go through the Maze on October 26th and 27th.