Red Ribbon Week – October 23 – 31

Find out more information about  2019 Red Ribbon Week


Izabella Ware, a student from Griswold Middle School in Griswold, CT, created the winning theme for 2019 Red Ribbon Week, which takes place October 23-31. Ware’s theme, “Send A Message. Stay Drug Free.”  was selected among thousands of Red Ribbon theme ideas submitted by students, parents, educators and members of communities across America.  The theme is a call to action to speak out in support of healthy choices. The theme is also a reminder that by staying drug free, you are sending a message to yourself and others about how much you value yourself, your overall health, your community and your future.

The annual National Red Ribbon Theme Contest, sponsored by the National Family Partnership, offers students and other prevention supporters the opportunity to be a part of history. The winning slogan will be used throughout 2019 in thousands of schools and communities across America.

As the nation’s largest and oldest drug prevention campaign, Red Ribbon Week® reaches over 80 million people each year throughout the United States.

Want to make 2019 Red Ribbon Week the best yet? Check out our curriculum ideas.

Did you know?


  • The younger a person starts drinking, the more likely it is that they will drink heavily, drink stronger drinks, and have an alcohol or drug problem when they are older.
  • Alcohol is the number one drug problem in America.


  • Marijuana is the most widely used illicit drug in America. After alcohol, it tends to be the second most widely used illegal drug for those under age 21.
  • Marijuana impairs short term memory, alters sense of time, and impairs swift reactions, concentration, and coordination for at least 4-6 hours.


  • 70 percent of people who try crack will become addicted to it the first time they use it.
  • Side effects include high blood pressure, seizures, irregular heartbeat, and heart attacks.


  • The signs of meth use are weight loss, irritability, excitability, paranoia, wandering attention, sleeplessness for days and then sleeping for 24-36 hours straight.
  • Called crank, speed, or ice, methamphetamine is spreading across the country.


  • Using inhalants even ONE time can put you at risk for sudden death, suffocation, visual hallucinations, severe mood swings, numbness, and tingling of hands and feet.
  • Long-use of inhalants has been associated with brain damage.


  • Heroin available on the street today at the gram level has an average purity of 40 to 60 percent, compared to about 7 percent a decade ago.


  • Tobacco use causes approximately 1 of evey 5 deaths in the U.S. and is the single most preventable cause of death and disease in our nation.
  • Most people begin smoking between the ages of 10 and 18.

*1998 Illinois Red Ribbon Campaign material from IDEA

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