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Prevention Project to Present Red Ribbon Week

The Prevention Project invites the community to take a visible stand against drugs by celebrating Red Ribbon Week from October 23-31, 2013.
The Prevention Project invites the community to take a visible stand against drugs by celebrating Red Ribbon Week from October 23-31, 2013.

Representatives from the Prevention Project, as well as Houston County Chairman Mark Culver and other elected officials, will be hosting a kick-off celebration on October 15, 2013, at 2:00 pm on the Houston County Courthouse steps. Chairman Mark Culver will present the Prevention Project with an annual proclamation and help to encourage the community to help celebrate Red Ribbon Week.

Red Ribbon Week raises awareness of drug use and the problems related to drugs facing our community, and encourages parents, educators, business owners, and other community organizations to promote drug-free lifestyles.

“Red Ribbon Week encourages our entire community to adopt healthy, drug-free lifestyles,” said Beth Ford, program manager for The Prevention Project. “The campaign brings together parents, schools, and businesses as we look for innovative ways to keep kids and communities drug free. We will be in area schools for most of the month of October speaking to children about the dangers of alcohol and drugs. We hope parents will take the time to ask their children what they have been taught and open a line of commination that allows children to feel comfortable asking their parents about their stance on youth experimenting with drugs and alcohol.”

The red ribbon symbolizes a continuing commitment to reducing the demand for illicit drugs in our communities. In 1985, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent Enrique S. "Kiki" Camarena was killed by drug traffickers. Shortly
after Camarena's death, citizens from his hometown of Calexico, California, began wearing red ribbons to remember him and commemorate his sacrifice. Congress established Red Ribbon Week in 1988.

“Red Ribbon Week gives us the opportunity to be vocal and visible in our efforts to achieve a drug-free community,” said Ford. “Research shows that children are less likely to use alcohol and other drugs when parents and other role models are clear and consistent in their opposition to substance use and abuse. Parents truly are our #1 anti-drug.”

All members of the community are welcome and encouraged to attend on October 15, 2013.

For additional information, contact Ford at 334-699-2813, or bford@wiregrasspartnership.com.

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