Good News for Red Ribbon Week: U.S. Schools Massive Drug Prevention

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This week’s activities to help curb America’s alarming drug statistics.

Millions of people are expected to join in Red Ribbon activities this week. According to Peggy Sapp, president of the National Family Partnership, “Red Ribbon Week is our way of reminding adults that drugs continue to pose a serious threat to our Nation and to the world."

Results from the 2004 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reveal this to be true. 3.8 percent of youths aged 12 or 13 reported current illicit drug use, increasing to 21.7 percent amongst 18 to 20 year olds for the same period.

“A student with real knowledge of the dangers of drugs will make the difference,” says Tony Bylsma, Director of the Narconon® Drug Prevention programs in California, who will personally give presentations to over 3,800 kids in schools this week. “Red Ribbon Week has to be effective and we have to start young. A student truly educated about drugs is the only one who can make up his own mind on the subject.”

Narconon International is one of the keynote organizations partaking in Red Ribbon Week activities across America. The organization attributes its results to the use of American humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard’s effective drug-free methodology.

A typical presentation by a Narconon Drug Prevention specialist presents factual data about drug residues storing in the fatty tissue of a person's body where they can persist long after drug use ceases. Addicts report that they associate this with intense cravings for drugs and other continued adverse effects.

After a recent Narconon presentation to a group of 225 kids, a Los Angeles school Health Coordinator told Tony, “Kids are very curious about drugs. When they know you are coming to talk again, they come up to me and ask a lot of questions. I have especially noticed a difference in their attitude about drugs after the second or third time you come.”

Red Ribbon Week is every year’s drug prevention highlight event. Narconon centers are proud to be doing this important work every week of the year. More Narconon drug prevention and education activities can be found at http://www.narconon-news.org.

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