Red Ribbon Week 2017
Red Ribbon Week is a time to focus on making healthy choices, especially to stay away from drugs. The first official week was celebrated in 1988. It is the largest prevention awareness campaign run yearly in the United States. According to the 2015 Nevada Youth Risk Survey, 14.4% of our middle school students have smoked a cigarette at least once, 26.7% have tried electronic vapor products, 29.4% drank alcohol at least once, and 10.2% have used marijuana at least once in their lives. These are students in 6th through 8th grade, as young as 11 years old. A quote on the Red Ribbon website gives us this reminder: “Children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don't, yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations.” Please take time to talk to your kids about living a healthy, drug-free life – the perfect time is now!