Alcohol and drug abuse in this Nation have reached epidemic stages and early substance abuse increases the likelihood of a person developing psychiatric disorders in his or her late twenties. It is imperative that visible, unified prevention education efforts by community members be launched to eliminate the demand for drugs.
Rates of past-year alcohol and illicit drug use were lower for youth who had seen or heard drug or alcohol prevention messages in the past year than youth who had not seen nor heard drug or alcohol prevention messages at school. Teens are affected by the influences in their lives: family, neighborhood, school, and community.
When parents, educators, law enforcement, faith organizations, and community members unite in opposing illicit drugs, young people are much less likely to engage in drug use. Red Ribbon Week will be celebrated in Tulare County, and every community across the nation during the week of October 23-31 2016
To help achieve this goal, the U.S Department of Health & Human Services, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the National Family Partnership, and Tulare County Department of Mental Health, Alcohol & Other Drug Division invite all residents of Tulare County to participate in Red Ribbon Week 2016.
The Tulare County Board of Supervisors proclaimed the week of October 23-31 2016 as “Red Ribbon Week” in Tulare County at their October 18 Board meeting. Calling upon the citizens, public and private institutions, businesses and schools in Tulare County to recommit our community to increasing awareness and drug prevention education activities, making a visible statement that we are strongly committed to a drug-free State.