Red Ribbon Week
Nearly one-quarter of 12th graders reported using illicit drugs, most commonly marijuana, in the past month, according to the 2015 Monitoring the Future Survey . Drug use often is associated with other risky behaviors, including unprotected sex or sex with multiple partners. Teens who use marijuana are four times more likely to get pregnant than those who do not use marijuana.
The National Red Ribbon Campaign is a national effort to create a drug-free America. This year’s theme is “YOLO. Be Drug Free.” YOLO, which stands for “you only live once,” represents the decision to live your life with intention, making the decision to live drug free.
Help raise awareness about the dangers of drugs:
- Use the Red Ribbon Planning Guide to organize an event in your community.
- Wear a red ribbon during the week of October 23–31 in memory of Enrique Camarena, a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent who was murdered by drug traffickers in his fight against illegal drugs.
- Ask youth to sign the Red Ribbon Pledge if they are committed to a drug-free life.
- Do you represent a school? Participate in the national photo competition.