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Red Ribbon Month Focuses on Drug Prevention

members of “Your future is key, so stay drug free” That is the message this month from the Westminster Area Community Action

“Your future is key, so stay drug free”

That is the message this October from the Westminster Community Action Awareness Team (C.A.A.T) and the National Family Partnership (NFP), who are partnering with organizations across the country to send a strong and consistent message about the need for drug education and prevention campaigns. National Red Ribbon Week is Oct. 23-31, 2017, and but the Board of Education proclaimed October 2017 as Red Ribbon Awareness Month in Westminster Public Schools.

C.A.A.T. sponsored the first community Red Ribbon campaign in 1987. This year’s proclamation included references to two specific issues that are relevant to teenagers today. There first concern is about the underage use of marijuana in Colorado, which became the first state to legalize marijuana for adults 21 years of age and older. The second issue of concern is the nationwide epidemic of opioid use and abuse.

“Thank you for partnering with us,” said Eleaner Scott when she appeared before the Board of Education on Tuesday, Oct. 10. “In recent years, there has been less messages to support our youth and more messages to our youth of illegal drugs being represented as legal drugs.” 

And while the Red Ribbon campaign focuses on education efforts at schools, experts say it is critical for parents to talk to their children about the issue. According to redribbon.org, children of parents who talk with them about drug use are 42% less likely to use drugs. Still yet, only about one in four teenagers say they have talked with their parents about drugs and drug use.

For more information and resources for educators and families on the Red Ribbon campaign, visit redribbon.org.