Red Ribbon Week recognized

Red Ribbon Week recognized

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The Tuscarawas County commissioners declared Red Ribbon Week Oct. 23-31.

Alcohol and other drug abuse in the United States has reached epidemic stages with more than 70,630 drug-overdose deaths reported nationally in 2019 with 4,028 of those deaths being Ohio residents.

So far this year in Tuscarawas County, there have been 18 overdose deaths and over 80 reported overdoses in the county.

Addiction is a preventable disease, and prevention programs and efforts such as Red Ribbon Week, involving families, schools and communities, are effective in increasing the education and awareness needed to reduce alcohol and drug misuse or abuse.

This year’s National Red Ribbon Week theme is "Drug Free Looks Like Me." The theme is a reminder that everyday Americans across the country make daily contributions to their communities by being the best they can be because they live drug-free.

Six student representatives of the Tuscarawas County Youth-to-Youth, along with adult advisors and members of the Tuscarawas County Anti-Drug Coalition, attended the Tuscarawas County commissioners meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 20, where commissioners issued a proclamation for Red Ribbon Week.

The commissioners also pledged to light the courthouse red the week of Oct. 23-31 in honor of Red Ribbon Week. This annual campaign focuses on youth substance use prevention.

The campaign is sponsored by The National Family Partnership and offers citizens and youth the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to drug-free lifestyles. Business, government, parents, law enforcement, media, medical, religious institutions, schools, senior citizens, service organizations and youth come together to demonstrate their commitment to drug-free lifestyles.

For more information contact the Tuscarawas County Anti-Drug Coalition or visit www.adctusc.org.