National Dates: October 23-31, 2017
National Theme: Your Future Is Key, So Stay Drug FreeRed Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country. It brings millions of people together to raise awareness regarding the need for alcohol, tobacco and other drug and violence prevention and encourages youth to make positive, healthy choices. The campaign generally takes place the last full week in October, with the weekends before and following included as appropriate celebration dates. For more information on the history of Red Ribbon Week, visit https://duila.org/events/red-ribbon-week/.
It is suggested that school leadership clubs or classes promote Red Ribbon Week activities on campus. This may include organizing a theme week with related activities, creating posters, sharing prevention facts in daily announcements, disseminating Red Ribbon materials, and encouraging staff, students, and parents to take a pledge to be drug-free. Be creative and have fun!
Use Public Service Announcements (PSAs) as a discussion tool during Red Ribbon Week! Click here to view the videos.
Resources for Ordering Red Ribbon Week Supplies:NIMCO (for National Theme items)
Resources for free Red Ribbon Week printables:
Resources for Activity Ideas:SADD—Students Against Destructive Decisions
Red Ribbon Week Pledge Cards:
Items available to borrow from Prevention Programs:Block Rocker — portable sound system with microphone
Spin Smart Tobacco Game — Players spin wheel to choose from eight categories; game includes questions with activities for grades 1-5 and multiple choice questions for grade 6-adult.Tobacco Jeopardy — Players choose a category and must answer a tobacco-related question pertaining to the chosen category.Anti-Tobacco Thumball (To Keep) — Students throw the ball, catch it, and respond to the question or comment under their thumb.
*Items are available on a first come-first served basis. Please contact Prevention Programs at 916-979-8623 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your items!
Facts for daily announcements or posting campus-wide:
Enough painkillers were prescribed in 2010 to medicate each American adult every four hours for one month. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC]
Every day in the US, 2,500 youth (ages 12 to 17) abuse a prescription pain reliever for the first time. Drugfreeworld.org
Deaths from prescription painkillers have reached epidemic levels in the past decade. CDC
Teens who abuse prescription drugs are 2x as likely to use alcohol, 5x more likely to use marijuana, and 12-20x more likely to use illegal street drugs. National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse
Almost 50% of teens believe that prescription drugs are much safer than illegal street drugs – they’re not. Drugfreeworld.org
After marijuana and alcohol, prescription drugs are the most commonly abused substances by Americans age 14 and older. National Institute on Drug Abuse
Most teens get these prescribed medicines from friends or relatives. Rarely do teens abuse medicine prescribed in their own name. The Stark County Educational Service Center
In 2013, 15% of high school seniors admitted to abusing a prescription drug during the year prior. Village Behavioral Health
Among many others, some long-term effects of prescription drugs are self-harming behaviors, organ damage and failure (especially to kidneys), and death. Village Behavioral Health
Smoking can damage a teens developing brain by stunting the growth of the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain responsible for “executive” functions (like impulse control and weighing the consequences of your actions). Teensmokefree.gov
Teen lungs are still growing; smoking when you’re a teen can stunt the growth of your lungs. Teens who smoke have smaller, weaker lungs than teens that don’t smoke. People who smoke can’t exercise or play sports for as long as they once did. Teensmokefree.gov
Teens who smoke have more belly fat than non-smokers. Belly fat increases your chances of getting Type 2 Diabetes.Teensmokefree.gov
When you smoke, less blood and oxygen flow to your muscles. This makes it harder to build muscle. The lack of oxygen also makes muscles tire more easily. Teensmokefree.gov
At least 69 of the toxic chemicals in secondhand smoke cause cancer. Nonsmokers who breathe in secondhand smoke take in nicotine and toxic chemicals by the same route smokers do. Teensmokefree.gov
Secondhand smoke exposure caused more than 7,300 lung cancer deaths each year during 2005–2009 among adult nonsmokers in the United States. CDC
Holding an average-size dip in your mouth for 30 minutes gives you as much nicotine as smoking 3 cigarettes. A 2-can-a-week snuff dipper gets as much nicotine as a person who smokes 1½ packs a day. NIDA for Teens
Testing of some e-cigarette products found the aerosol (vapor) to contain known cancer-causing and toxic chemicals, and particles from the vaporizing mechanism that may be harmful. NIDA for Teens
Marijuana is 300% more potent now than 20 years ago. It causes significant changes to blood flow in the brain, leading to diminished cognition and judgment. shatterproof.org
About 9 percent of those who use marijuana will become addicted. This rate increases to 17 percent of those who start in their teens, and goes up to 25 to 50 percent among daily users. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Regular use of marijuana has been linked to depression, anxiety, and a loss of drive or motivation, which means a loss of interest even in previously enjoyable activities. Its effects can be unpredictable, especially when mixed with other drugs. NIDA
The human brain continues to develop into the early 20s. Exposure to addictive substances, including marijuana, may cause changes to the developing brain that make other drugs more appealing. This may be why some people who use marijuana go on to try other drugs. NIDA
Between January and May 2015, Poison Control Centers reported 3,572 calls related to synthetic marijuana use, or Spice, an increase from the 1,085 calls during the same period last year. Spice abusers who have been taken to Emergency Rooms report symptoms including rapid heart rate, increased blood pressure, reduced blood supply to the heart, vomiting, agitation, confusion and hallucinations. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Drinking too much can weaken your immune system, making your body a much easier target for disease. Drinking a lot on a single occasion slows your body’s ability to ward off infections – even up to 24 hours after. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Teen drivers are 3 times more likely than more experienced drivers to be in a fatal crash. Drinking any alcohol greatly increases this risk for teens. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
People who have their first drink at age 14 or younger are six times more likely to develop alcohol problems than those who don’t try alcohol until the legal drinking age. Helpguide.org
For adolescents ages 15 to 20, alcohol is implicated in more than a third of driver fatalities resulting from automobile accidents and about two-fifths of drowning cases. Helpguide.org
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
The age limit of 21 years old for alcohol is based on research which shows that young people react differently to alcohol. Teens get drunk twice as fast as adults, but have more trouble knowing when to stop, binge drinking more often than adults. Mothers Against Drunk Driving-Why 21
- Combining drugs raises the risks of brain damage, heart attack, stroke and overdose exponentially. An average of 2.7 drugs is involved in every fatal overdose. shatterproof.org