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Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week

Event Date: 
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 (All day) to Wednesday, October 31, 2018 (All day)

Substance abuse among youth can jeopardize their future success. Adolescents who use drugs and alcohol are more likely to engage in risky behavior, including sexual risk behaviors that can lead to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.

October 23-31, 2018 is Red Ribbon Week, which aims to create a drug-free America. This year’s theme is, “Life is your journey. Travel drug-free.” Check out the list below for ways to get involved and help encourage youth to stay away from illicit substances.

Get Involved!

  • Download the 2018 Red Ribbon Planning Guide to for campaign messaging, ideas for celebrating in your community, media templates, and more.
  • Take the Drug-Free Pledge and commit to helping the youth in your community stay away from illicit substances.
  • Find ideas of Red Ribbon Week activities that you can plan and implement in your community. If you work with youth, involve them in organizing the event!
  • Are you a parent? Talk to your kids. Teens whose parents regularly talk to them about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs, compared with teens whose parents do not. Work with students? Check out this Parent-Child Communication tip sheet for ways to get parents and teens talking. 
  • And, of course, wear a red ribbon during Red Ribbon Week!

Help youth live drug-free lives. Plan your Red Ribbon Week today.

The 2018 Red Ribbon Week logo, “Life is your journey. Travel drug free.”