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Get ready for Red Ribbon Week Oct. 23-31
Love Yourself Be Drug Free
Red Ribbon Week, a national campaign sponsored by the National Family Partnership to educate youth and encorage participation in drug-free activities, is set for between Oct. 23 to 31 this year.
Participants are encouraged to wear a red ribbon during the week to show their support and raise awareness in the battle against the destructive use of alcohol and other drugs.
The week traces its roots back to 1985, when DEA agent Enrique (Kiki) Camarena was tortured and killed in Mexico. The 37-year-old Camarena left his office to meet his wife for lunch. Five men appeared at the agent's side and shoved him in a car. His body was found one month later.
In honor of Camarena's memory and his battle against illegal drugs, friends and neighbors began to wear red badges of satin. Parent-led coalitions took the slain officer as their model and embraced his belief that one person can make a difference. The coalitions also adopted the symbol of Camerena's memory, the red ribbon.
During Red Ribbon Week schools and community groups typically organize a variety of activities including contests, workshops, rallies, theatrical and musical performances, and other family-centered and educational events.
More information about the Red Ribbon Campaign, including a comprehensive planning guide, a social media tool kit and information about a photo contest, can be downloaded from Redribbon.org.
Daily Marijuana Use at Highest Rate
Among College Students Since 1981: Study

(From Join Together)

Daily marijuana use is at the highest rate among college students since 1981, according to the national Monitoring The Future study. Last year, 5.1 percent of college students used marijuana daily or almost daily (20 or more times in the prior 30 days), up from 3.5 percent in 2007.
The study found in 2013, almost 36 percent of college students said they used marijuana in the past year, compared with 30 percent in 2006. The study found that overall, 39 percent of college students used illicit drugs in 2013, up from 34 percent in 2006. Read more at Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
Annual Prevention Summit aimed at youth, professionals

Washington state's Prevention Summit, an annual conference for youth, volunteers and professionals working toward the prevention of drug abuse, violence and other destructive behaviors, is set for Oct. 20 to 21 in Yakima. More information and registration materials are on the WA Prevention Summit web site
Talk to your teens
New tool kit provides advice for talking
to youth about risks of marijuana use

A new tool kit developed by the Washington Healthy Youth Coalition (formerly RUaD) is aimed at helping parents talk to middle and high school youth about marijuana use, which is still illegal in Washington state for those under 21.
The toolkit includes a parent's guide with tips for preventing underage use of marijuana, the warning signs of teen marijuana use, and how to get help if a teen is already using marijuana.  The guide discusses the health risks to adolescents when they use marijuana and gives parents clear steps on what they can do to help their children make the right choices. More information and a link where the resources can be downloaded is on the StartTalkingNow.org website.


Mentioned in the Media

USA TODAY
Marijuana legal but often scarce in Washington state
Seattle's first (and until recently only) retail shop flies flag to alert customers on availability, a USA TODAY report by Trevor Hughes states. Washington's tough approach to regulating marijuana growers and retailers means only 60 marijuana-store licenses have been granted, and it's unclear exactly how many of them have actually opened for business. Read full article. 


Tacoma News Tribune
State seeks to ban pot in vehicles
The Washington Traffic Safety Commission will ask the state's legislature to fix a loophole in marijuana law to prevent pot-smoking while driving, according to a report in the Tacoma News Tribune. Initiative 502 passed by voters does not address the issue, but the fix is supported by the initiative's author. WTSC Director Darrin Grondel says the goal is to mirror the state's open container law.

NW News Network
Marijuana sales get underway, but youth
prevention campaign months away

A group of experts including Washington Secretary of Health John Wiesman gathered Sept. 24 to counsel Governor Inslee on a youth strategy that allows peers to educate peers on the dangers of marijuana. This campaign will take up to a year of research before it is implemented, Austin Jenkins reports in NW News Network.


TODAY
Secret life of teens:
The dangerous drug parents aren't talking about with kids
         

By A. Pawlowski
TODAY contributor
When teens want to get high, many don’t even have to leave home. All it takes is a visit to their parents’ medicine cabinet.

Prescription drug abuse — big problem among adults — is also spreading in schools. Kids are secretly reaching for painkillers, tranquilizers and stimulants prescribed for mom or dad, with many parents completely unaware.

Cyrus Stowe, a 17-year old in Dallas, Texas, decided to expose the problem at his high school and the resulting documentary, “Out of Reach,” is a startling look at students popping pills without restraint. (Read the Sept. 19 article and watch video clips on the TODAY web site).

 
  

 

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