According to the National Survey of Drug Use Health’s Summary of National Findings, almost 9% of youth ages 12 -17 in the United States use illegal drugs. The study further shows that early parent involvement and a strong disapproval from parents could have the prevented substance abuse by 96%. Wow, those statistics are eye opening. We need to talk to our children about this.
I will be sharing upcoming post about Red Ribbon week, October 23 – 31st, 2014 in support on going efforts within the our families to prevent drug and alcohol use. We must educate ourselves and our children. The first fun thing that I’m sharing is National Family Partnership (NFP) Annual Red Ribbon Week Photo Contest.
The contest encourages families and schools across the country to participate by decorating your home with this years Red Ribbon Campaign theme –” Love yourself. Be Drug Free”. The contest promotes a fun and easy way to open up conversation about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse.
Ten families across the country will be selected to entered to win the grand prize: an iPad and $1,000 donation to a K-12 school of their choose. There will also be one prize awarded for a school decoration.
- Submit photo to RedRibbon.org between October 1, 2014 – November. 4, 2014.
- You must be 18 years or older to upload the photo.
- Ask your family, friends and classmates to vote for you, beginning on November 5, 2014.
- Eleven winners will be announced Dec. 5, 2014.
Click here for the contest rules.
Remember to take the Red Ribbon Pledge
WHAT’S THE PLEDGE ABOUT?
- As parents and citizens, we will talk to our children and the children in our lives about the dangers of drug abuse.
- We will set clear rules for our children about not using drugs.
- We will set a good example for our children by not using illegal drugs or medicine without a prescription.
- We will monitor our children’s behavior and enforce appropriate consequences, so that our rules are respected.
- We will encourage family and friends to follow the same guidelines to keep children safe from substance abuse.