Drug overdoses and other unintentional poisonings are now the leading cause of accidental death nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In a local attempt to increase awareness and address this rising tide of deaths and the growing burden of the disease of addiction, Johnson Countys ACTION anti-drug coalition and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) affiliate have partnered with the National Family Partnership (NFP) to bring Red Ribbon Week to Johnson County from October 23 through October 31.
The national theme for Red Ribbon Week 2015 is Respect Yourself. This theme encourages members of the community to respect themselves by pledging to be drug, alcohol, and tobacco free and to lead a healthy and positive lifestyle in the coming year. Red Ribbon Week activities will be aimed at all members of the community and will include announcements in area schools, a red ribbon campaign on Main Street in Mountain City, inserts in local church bulletins, a social media campaign, and more.
Red Ribbon Week was organized by NFP after Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique Camarena lost his life in 1985. Agent Camarena was tortured to death while working undercover to investigate drug cartel activities in Mexico; those who were close to Agent Camarena began to wear red ribbons in his memory. These ribbons have been adopted nationally as symbols of hope in the face of the growing destruction caused by the abuse of drugs.
ACTION (Alliance of Citizens Together Improving Our Neighborhoods) is an anti-drug community coalition formed in 2003 in Mountain City, Tennessee.
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