Red Ribbon Week
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 risks that can lead to unintended pregnancy.
October 23–31 is Red Ribbon Week, which aims to create a drug-free America. This year’s theme is “Your Future Is Key, So Stay Drug-Free!” You can get involved during this Red Ribbon Week and help encourage youth to stay away from illicit substances.
- Download the 2017 Red Ribbon Planning Guide to help you plan your messaging and events.
- Take the Drug-Free Pledge and commit to helping the youth in your community stay away from illicit substances.
- Find Red Ribbon Week activities in your community. If you work with youth, plan to attend one of these events and encourage your youth participants to join too!
- Are you a parent? Talk to your kids. Children of parents who talk to their teens regularly 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.
- Get tips for preventing drug use among youth from SAMHSA's new Keeping Youth Drug Free guide for parents and youth providers.
- And, of course, wear a red ribbon during Red Ribbon Week.
Help youth live drug-free lives. Plan your Red Ribbon Week today.