Red Ribbon Week 2014: Love Yourself, Be Drug Free
Red Ribbon Week 2014 is approaching fast, starting October 23rd and ending on the 31st. The Red Ribbon Campaign, created by the National Family Partnership, is intended to raise awareness of drug abuse; particularly, in an effort to prevent it among the youngest generation. Because statistics show that talking about the consequences of drugs reduces the probability of teen drug abuse, the goal of Red Ribbon Week is to encourage others to be vocal and address the topic.
Red Ribbon Week 2014 Raises Drug Awareness
The Red Ribbon Campaign’s efforts to minimize drug use in the nation begin with raising awareness. To do this, the National Family Partnership has encouraged people to wear red ribbons as a way to recognize the cause. These red ribbons are a symbol for drug prevention that date back to 1985. Enrique “Kiki” Camarena was a Special Agent in charge of drug regulations who worked for the United States Drug Enforcement Administration in Calexico, California. He would tell his mother that despite being “one person” he would continue to strive “to make a difference.” Camarena went to Mexico to take down widely-known drug traffickers, but this lead the Mexican leaders to kidnap, torture, and murder him. His hometown of Calexico struck back by wearing the red ribbons to illuminate the catastrophe that drugs created for people. The National Red Ribbon Campaign became annual and acts as a key component for drug prevention while remaining in honor of all Camarena stood for.
To join the campaign, wear a red ribbon October 23 – 31, and take the pledge to abstain from all drugs. Being vocal plays a huge part in spreading awareness. Prevention of potential substance abuse disorders and addiction begins with talking about drugs. Breaking the stigma of drug addiction is closely related to Red Ribbon Week, because it gives people the opportunity to stand up and have a voice.
Each year the cause has a unique theme as part of commemoration; this year’s theme is “Love yourself. Be drug free.” The best way to honor the week is to live by the theme and the principles behind it. The theme entails loving yourself, so each day, you should try to make the commitment to not be so hard on yourself and accept yourself as the way you are intended to be. Try to practice some positive affirmations in the morning and remember to go easy on yourself throughout the day. Nobody is perfect and mistakes happen. Living a sober life is so much more than just abstaining from drugs; it’s about the way you live and straying away from self-involved behaviors. Red Ribbon Week highlights personal growth just as much as it focuses on drug awareness and prevention.
Red Ribbon Week 2014 Photo Contest
Like in years prior, a Red Ribbon Campaign holds a photo contest, encouraging the public to get together with others in the community to decorate their home door, mailbox, or office with red ribbons and the message of this year’s theme, to signify the harm that drugs has caused the nation throughout the years. Take a picture of it and upload it to the website between October 1 and November 1. Voting begins on November 5, and the winners will be announced the following month. If selected as the winner, the prize is an iPad and $1,000 reward for the grade school of your choice.
Breaking the stigma of substance abuse begins with awareness of the problem. Red Ribbon Week 2014 helps individuals come together to be proactive and positively impact society by spreading knowledge about the dangers of drug use.
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