Annual state campaign aims to prevent drug use among youth

Johnson City Press • Oct 23, 2019 at 7:26 PM

The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services has joined schools across the state and nation to celebrate Red Ribbon Week, which began Wednesday and continues until Oct. 31.

Red Ribbon Week raises awareness of drug use and the problems related to drugs and encourages parents, educators, business owners and other community organizations to promote drug-free lifestyles. In Nashville, the State Capitol will be bathed in red light Oct. 23-29 to spread awareness of Red Ribbon Week.

“Red Ribbon Week is an opportunity for us all to show our support for our young people and demonstrate that it’s possible to live a drug-free life,” TDMHSAS Commissioner Marie Williams said in the press release. “Whatever role you play in a young person’s life, whether you’re a parent, teacher, coach, youth pastor or other community leaders, you have the ability to influence decisions for good.”

The first Red Ribbon Week celebration was created by the National Family Partnership in 1988 to mark the 1985 murder of Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Enrique S. "Kiki" Camarena. 

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