Right Path celebrated Red Ribbon Week

The Right Path for Washington County celebrated Red Ribbon Week from Oct. 21 to 25. In honor of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, who gave his life fighting the war on drugs against the Mexican Cartel. Red Ribbon Week is the single biggest anti-drug campaign and this is our opportunity to applaud our youths’ decision to live drug-free lives.

It takes many partners to ensure that the message is shared with youth throughout our county. Our school partners engage their students and show them that setting goals and choosing to live drug-free lives are critical to a successful future. Schools chose to celebrate in a variety of events and we applaud their participation as we know that prevention of drug use/abuse is essential to a healthy mind, spirit and body.

We thank The Times for their coverage of our school partners, the background on Red Ribbon Week and offering a contest for students to participate in. Thanks to Little Caesar’s for donating pizza certificates and Selby Tobacco Prevention Project for movie passes. We wrapped up our celebration with Wed. afternoon swimming, thanks to the YMCA, and a Red Ribbon Dance Fri. Night with our partner the YMCA.

New this Year: CADCA 50 Challenge to recognize October as National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month. We wrapped up Red Ribbon Week partnering with Washington County Sheriff, RSVP, Area Agency on Aging and Memorial Health Systems to provide seven sites to dispose of unused, expired medications for Medication Take Back Day. You can find more information about the CADAC 50 Challenge by liking them on Facebook and Twitter using hash tag #PreventMedAbuse.

Cathy Harper, coordinator

The Right Path, a United Way Agency