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Red Ribbon Week 2019: Send a Message. Stay Drug Free.

October 23, 2019

From October 23rd to October 31st, we observe Red Ribbon Week.

Launched in the early 1980s, the Red Ribbon Campaign is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation, reaching over 80 million people each year. This year’s theme is: Send a Message. Stay Drug Free. According to the Red Ribbon Campaign, the theme “encourages you to speak out in support of healthy choices and provides a reminder that by staying drug free, you are sending a message to yourself and others about how much you value yourself, your overall health, your community, and your future.”

This week, the Utah Attorney General’s Office encourages you to send the literal message. Talk to those around you, your kids, family, and friends. Prevention starts when you start talking. Children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don’t.

The AG’s Office also encourages you to secure your medications and properly dispose of any that are unused or expired.

Check out the links below for ideas on what else you can do during Red Ribbon Week.

For Students

For Educators

For Business Leaders

For Faith Based Leaders

For Law Enforcement

For Government Representatives

For the Medical Community

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Life is Your Journey. Travel Drug Free.

It’s Red Ribbon Week!

Launched in the early 1980s, with the help of the wonderful Nancy Reagan, the Red Ribbon Campaign is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation. This year’s theme is “Life is Your Journey. Travel Drug Free.” and the hope is to mobilize teachers, parents, and communities to help create a drug-free future. 

The most important thing we can do? EDUCATE!

The Red Ribbon Campaign provides some great curriculum ideas for each grade and an online course for high school students on prescription drugs.

START HERE: here are two things you can do today!

  1. Talk to your kids about the dangers of drugs – particularly opioids – and the importance of staying drug-free. 
  2. Secure your medication, take inventory and properly dispose of unused or expired medication. 

FYI: Click the image below for a brief look at The Red Ribbon Campaign.