The Alcohol, Drug Addiction, Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board for Montgomery County invites the community to take a visible stand against drugs by recognizing “National Red Ribbon Week” from October 23-31, 2011.
“Red Ribbon Week” raises awareness of drug use and the problems related to drugs facing our community. It encourages parents, educators, business owners, and other community organizations to promote drug-free lifestyles. This year’s theme is “Lock Your Meds – Be Aware. Don’t Share.”
“Red Ribbon Week gives us the opportunity to be vocal and visible in our efforts to achieve a drug-free community,” said Helen Jones-Kelley, ADAMHS Executive Director. “Research shows that children are less likely to use alcohol and other drugs when parents and other role models are clear and consistent in their opposition to substance use and abuse.”
The red ribbon symbolizes a continuing commitment to reducing the demand for illicit drugs in our communities. In 1985, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent Enrique S. "Kiki" Camarena was killed by drug traffickers. Shortly after Camarena's death, citizens from his hometown of Calexico, California, began wearing red ribbons to remember him and commemorate his sacrifice. Congress established Red Ribbon Week in 1988.
The ADAMHS Board mission is to improve and promote mental Health, to facilitate the process of recovering from mental illness and chemical dependency, and to prevent the abuse of alcohol and other drugs.
You can safely dispose of unwanted medications at various sites throughout Montgomery County on Saturday, October 29th during the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) “National Drug Take Back.” Visit www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov.
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