Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services (BDAS) is announcing the observance of Red Ribbon Week during the last week in October. Governor John Lynch has proclaimed October 23rd – 31st as Red Ribbon Week in New Hampshire. During this time New Hampshire residents will join with millions throughout the US to acknowledge the red ribbon as a symbol of substance abuse prevention by conducting events to help raise awareness about the issue.
"The dangers of substance abuse are clear, which is why it is so important to focus on education and prevention. Red Ribbon week is a great way to recognize the importance of prevention and recommit ourselves to fighting substance abuse," Gov. Lynch said.
Keene Middle School students will be marching to Central Square in Keene in recognition of the event on Oct. 27th. Other events include red ribbon formations where hundreds of students wear red and form a ribbon on the local athletic field. Spaulding High School’s formation in Rochester is expected to include more than 1,500 people. The Civil Air Patrol will be conducting fly-over’s to take aerial photos of this and five other red ribbon formations on Oct 29th. Many other events, including the planting of more than 15,000 red tulips at locations all over the state, will take place during the week. There will also be substance abuse prevention messages provided through curriculums taught at various schools. BDAS and the NH National Guard’s Counter drug Task Force are sponsoring the events.
“We encourage community members to get involved with one of the ten Regional Networks’ Red Ribbon events,” said Valerie Morgan, BDAS preventions services administrator. “Participation at the local level is the community’s outward sign that they are taking a stand and will not allow illegal drugs to permeate their community. Communities’ stand united in keeping youth safe.” To find an event in your area visit: www.drugfreenh.org
Red Ribbon Week started in 1985 in California. It gained national recognition in 1988. Now, each year during the last week in October, more than 80 million people show their commitment to a healthy, drug-free life by wearing or displaying the Red Ribbon.
For more information about substance abuse prevention or events during Red Ribbon Week visit drugfreeNH.org or contact the NH Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services at 800-804-0909 and ask for Rick Frost or Nancy Jackson-Reno.