The Henry County Substance Abuse Coalition invites the community to take a visible stand against drugs by celebrating Red Ribbon Week from October 23-31.
Red Ribbon Week raises awareness of drug use and the problems related to drugs facing our community, and encourage parents, educators, business owners, and other community organizations to promote drug-free lifestyles. This year’s celebration will consist of numerous activities throughout Henry County. Activities throughout the week include; a “Plant the Promise” activity that will include planting red tulips and yellow daffodils at elementary schools, libraries and law enforcement agencies, red ribbons will be delivered to business owners for their employees to wear and the schools will be conducting their own activities throughout the week.
“Red Ribbon Week encourages our entire community to adopt healthy, drug-free lifestyles,” said Jennifer Lehman, Drug Free Communities Coordinator. “The campaign brings together parents, schools, and businesses as we look for innovative ways to keep kids and communities drug free.”
The red ribbon symbolizes a continuing commitment to reducing the demand for illicit drugs in our communities. In 1985, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent Enrique S. “Kiki” Camarena was killed by drug traffickers. Shortly after Camarena’s death, citizens from his hometown of Calexico, California, began wearing red ribbons to remember him and commemorate his sacrifice. Congress established Red Ribbon Week in 1988.
“Red Ribbon Week gives us the opportunity to be vocal and visible in our efforts to achieve a drug-free community,” said Lieutenant Lyle Murray, Mt. Pleasant Police Department. “Research shows that children are less likely to use alcohol and other drugs when parents and other role models are clear and consistent in their opposition to substance use and abuse.”
Visit www.getsmartaboutdrugs.com for more information about Red Ribbon Week or contact The Henry County Substance Abuse Coalition.