Interested in helping Burke Recovery and Burke Substance Abuse Network reinforce the message during Red Ribbon Week? If you can include announcements from below in your employee news, youth group announcements, church or civic club bulletins, social media, you’ll be sharing further what’s being done in our schools the week of October 26.
“The Red Ribbon Campaign® was started when drug traffickers in Mexico City murdered DEA agent Kiki Camarena in 1985. This began the continuing tradition of displaying Red Ribbons as a symbol of intolerance towards the use of drugs. The mission of the Red Ribbon Campaign® is to present a unified and visible commitment towards the creation of a DRUG – FREE AMERICA.Kiki was working undercover to eradicate our communities of drugs and those who profit from them. The family and friends of Kiki wore red ribbons after their loss, and hence Red Ribbon Week was named. This week we will be having a spirit week in honor of red ribbon week. Each day you will learn a fact about about substance abuse prevention and why you are too good for drugs.”
Facts to Share Each Day on Announcements:
1) Alcohol and drugs are the leading factors in teenage suicide.
2) Kids who start drinking alcohol before age 15 are 5 times more likely to develop alcohol abuse or dependence than people who first used alcohol at age 21 or older. A study published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine showed that 47% of those who began drinking before age 15 experienced alcohol dependence at some point in their life, compared to 9% percent of those who began drinking at age 21 or older.
3) Most people who use alcohol and drugs do so with an intention of only using once or “once in a while.” No one decides that they want to become addicted to alcohol and drugs. But, we are dealing with addictive drugs that directly affect the brain. It is easy for occasional use to change to frequent use or constant use–that is addiction. The only thing we know for sure: if you don’t drink alcohol and don’t do drugs, you definitely won’t become addicted.
4)You or your friends might think that prescription drugs are safer than alcohol or illegal drugs because doctors prescribe them. But, these drugs can be just as dangerous.When prescription drugs are used without a prescription they can be as dangerous as alcohol or illegal drugs. You can die from abusing prescription drugs . . . even the first time.
5) e- cigarrettes and vaping can be just as harmful as cigarettes. e-cigarettes are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, contain high doses of nicotine that causes addiction, and may contain cancer causing chemicals. Be smart and don’t start using tobacco or e-cigarettes!
Middle School Spirit Week:
Monday, October 26 – Sock it to Drugs – Crazy Sock Day
Tuesday, October 27 – Team Up Against Drugs – Sport Jersey Day
Wednesday, October 28- Turn Your Back on Drugs – Backwards Day – the students wear their clothes backwards
Thursday, October 29- “Put a Cap on Drugs” – hat day
Friday, October 30 – Red Day – “Use your head, wear red!” – red shirt day