Red Ribbon Week & Drug Prevention Information

  National Red Ribbon Weekbg_logo

October 17-21, 2016


Red Ribbon Week is the nation’s largest and oldest drug prevention program reaching millions of Americans during the last week of October each year Schools and communities plan anti-drug events to encourage young people to pledge to live a drug-free life and pay tribute to DEA Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena.


Facts You Should Know

What is the biggest deterrent to kids using drugs and alcohol?

 It’s Parents!

 Look at the facts: Children who learn from their parents or caregivers about the dangers of underage drinking, drugs and other harmful substances are less

likely to use those substances.  Statistics say that parents who talk to their children about the risks of drugs are 36% less likely to smoke marijuana than kids who don’t.

50% less likely to use inhalants.  56% less likely to use cocaine.  65% less likely to use LSD.  In other words, you have the power to keep the child you love safe,

healthy and drug-free.  You are the most powerful influence in your child’s daily life.  But anti-drug parenting strategies rarely are instinctive, even for the

best of parents.  Finding the right words and the right approach can be hard.  You can do something and you can start right now.


Resources for Drug Awareness:

National PTA

(go to the Health section)     

Students Against Destructive Decisions

(Formerly Students Against Driving Drunk)


Department of Education Partnership

for Family Involvement in Education

Department of Education: Office of Safe & Healthy Students


National Center for Tobacco-Free Kids


Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

More Facts you should know about drug abuse:

 * Many students are missing the message about cigarettes.  24% of students thought cigarettes posed only a limited threat to health.  4% said there is no health risk in smoking.

 * 35.3% of Georgia high school students smoke, one of the highest in the nation.  National average: 28.4

 * 21.7% of Georgia high school students use smokeless or spit tobacco, one of the highest in the nation.  National average: 11.6%.

 * Children now under 18 and live in Georgia who will ultimately die prematurely from smoking: 187,000.

 * The use of two deadly legal drugs – alcohol and cigarettes, continues to rise among teens.

 * Smoking kills more people than alcohol, AIDS, car crashes, illegal drugs, murders, and suicides combined-and thousands more die from other tobacco-related causes, such as fires caused by smoking.

 * 76% of 8th grade students say they could get cigarettes fairly or very easily if they want some.

 * Marijuana is fairly easy to find.  24% of teenagers say they know where they could buy marijuana in an hour or less.

 * Inhalants – substances such as glues and aerosols – are more popular among younger teens than older teens.

* Poor grades are correlated with increased use of alcohol.  Alcohol is implicated in more that 40% of all academic problems and 28% of all dropouts.

 * Alcohol kills 6.5 times more youth than all other illicit drugs combined.

 * The brain does not finish developing until a person is around 21 years-old, so the risks of losing memory and learning capacity as well as slowing the capacity for good judgment can be severely affected by the use of alcohol at early ages.

 * Alcohol is a factor in the 3 leading causes of death among 15 to 24-year olds: motor vehicle crashes, homicides and suicides.

 * Alcohol use is the number one drug problem among young people.

 * Youth who drink before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcohol dependence than those who begin drinking at age 21.

* Youth who try marijuana at age 14 or younger, 8.9 become dependent on illicit drugs as adults.

 * Marijuana accounts for three-fourths of teen drug use.  Overall, marijuana is the most popular drug among users of all ages, though more than half of users said they had also tried cocaine, heroine or other illegal drugs.

 Keeping Our Kids DRUG-FREE

Its not pesteringIts parenting Know what your children are doing

Be involved Set limits Praise and reward good behavior

Ask questions Ask whoAsk what Ask whenAsk where

Keep lines of communication open

First, YOU LISTEN Then you talk

Take the time!