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Break Out the Red Ribbons for National Red Ribbon Week

Nationally recognized in 1988, National Red Ribbon Week is the week dedicated to teaching America’s youth the importance of being drug, alcohol and tobacco free, and making healthy life choices. If you have a child of school age, they may have come home yesterday with a red ribbon saying “Proud to Be Drug Free” yesterday. It is my hope that all of our children continue with this throughout their lives.

While the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that there are declines in many drug, alcohol and tobacco uses, there are increases in the use of prescription narcotics for non-medical purposes. Here is a result from a recent survey by NIDA about how prescription narcotics are being obtained:

“When asked how prescription narcotics were obtained for nonmedical use, about 52 percent of 12th-graders said they were given the drugs or bought them from a friend or relative. Additionally, 30 percent reported receiving a prescription for them, and a negligible number of 12th-graders reported purchasing the narcotics over the Internet.”

It’s for this reason that the National Family Partnership (NFP) has made the theme for this year’s Red Ribbon Week “Lock Your Meds.”

Take time this week not only to lock up your meds but to also talk to your kids about making healthy choices of what they put into their bodies.  For more information about drug, alcohol and tobacco use among kids and how to talk to your kids about this, please visit the NIDA and NFP websites.

Also, I recommend reading the history behind Red Ribbon Week on the DEA website.  It will give you more insight on how this awareness week came to be.

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