This national campaign started in response to the murder of Enrique Camarena, a US Drug Enforcement Agent. This is a unified message to take a stand against drugs and to honor the memory of Agent Enrique. This year we will celebrate Red Ribbon Week from October 23 to October 31st. This year’s theme for Red Ribbon week is Respect Yourself. Be Drug Free.
#2 - Most schools across our nation celebrate Red Ribbon Week by having guest speakers on drugs and alcohol prevention. But, did you know there is a campaign you can organize at work too?
The Red Ribbon Campaign awareness in conjunction with the “Drugs Don’t Work Here” initiative is a way to let your co-workers learn the truth and current trends about drugs and alcohol. You can also distribute brochures and pledges for families to share and discuss. The Drug-Free Pledge can be found at http://redribbon.org/pledge/.
#3 - Youth who begin drinking before age 15 are 5 times more likely to develop alcohol problems than those who start drinking after age 21.
More than 40% of individuals who start drinking before the age of 13 will develop alcohol abuse or alcohol dependence at some point in their lives. 95% of the 14 million people who are alcohol dependent began drinking before the legal age of 21. No matter how you state it, this is a lifestyle choice you don’t want to make.
The same study showed that substance use by adolescents could be prevented through early interventions, including parental involvement. In fact, 96 percent of youths who perceived strong parental disapproval for trying marijuana once or twice remained drug free.
Taken from Red Ribbon Blog Post by Amy Goldstein on 09/08/2014 @ 03:34 PM
#5 - According to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an estimated 10.3 million people aged 12 or older (or 3.9 percent of adolescents and adults) reported driving under the influence of illicit drugs during the year prior to being surveyed.
This was higher than the rate in 2011 (3.7percent) and lower than the rate in 2002 (4.7 percent). By comparison, in 2012, an estimated 29.1 million persons (11.2 percent) reported driving under the influence of alcohol at least once in the past year. (This percentage has dropped since 2002, when it was 14.2 percent.)
Taken from http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/drugged-driving.
Additional information can be found at:
www.nfp.org and www.redribbon.org
The Drug-Free Pledge can be found at http://redribbon.org/pledge/