Red Ribbon Week kicked off on Friday, October 23 at the annual Red Ribbon Breakfast. More than 55 CISD students, staff, and trustees attended along with several city and business partners. Beginning Monday, October 26, campuses across the district will host a variety of events, dress up days and guest speakers to promote a drug-free lifestyle.
Red Ribbon is a national awareness campaign that was first started in 1988 in honor of slain Drug Enforcement Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena. It is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country. This campaign began, and continues, as an effort to educate the youth about the inherent dangers of drugs.
Even with Red Ribbon Week and other efforts in schools and communities across the country, teen drug and alcohol use is still a major concern in America. The U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, reports the following statistics after asking high school seniors, in 2008: "On how many occasions, if any, have you used drugs or alcohol during the last 12 months?" Alcohol – 65.5%, Marijuana – 32.4%, tranquilizers – 6.2%, Hallucinogens – 5.9%, and cocaine – 4.4%.
How can you tell if your child is using drugs or alcohol? Look for signs of depression, withdrawal, carelessness with grooming, and hostility.
The Anti-Drug is a web site sponsored by the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign to provide parents with drug facts, prevention strategies, and information. Click here to see a complete list of possible signs and symptoms of teen alcohol and drug use: http://www.theantidrug.com/ei/signs_symptoms.asp