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Posted on: October 25th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

Back in 1980, a group of concerned and determined parents set out to create a grassroots movement that would impress upon children at a young age the importance of staying drug-free. The group, then called the National Federation of Parents for Drug Free Youth, was committed to leading and supporting American communities and families in healthy lifestyles without drugs.

Use Red Ribbon Week as a chance to talk to your children about drug abuse.

The tradition of the Red Ribbon began in 1985 after the murder of a DEA agent named Enrique Camarena, and the organization, now called the National Family Partnership (NFP), sponsored the first Red Ribbon Celebration in 1988. The yearly Red Ribbon Celebration is a chance for teachers, police, community organizations and others in communities throughout the United States to educate children about the consequences of doing drugs and encouraging them to participate in drug prevention activities.

As parents or grandparents, you can sign the national pledge sponsored by the NFP on their website. Here is what the pledge states:

  • As parents, we will talk to our children about the dangers of drug abuse.
  • We will set clear rules for our children about not using drugs.
  • We will set a good example for our children by not using illegal drugs or medicine without a prescription.
  • We will monitor our children’s behavior and enforce appropriate consequences so that our rules are respected.
  • We will encourage family and friends to follow the same guidelines to keep children safe from substance abuse.

Talking with your children about drugs and substance abuse may not be an easy conversation, but it is one that is necessary and one that you will be glad to have had. Join all of us here at LA Medical this week in talking with our children to help prevent drug abuse in our children.

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