National Red Ribbon Week highlights impact of drugs

By Hope Mulligan

Ten 16 Recovery Network

Only 10 percent of drinkers in the United States have alcoholism but most people know someone with this disease. Alcoholism and drug addiction are devastating to families and pretty much everyone who comes into contact with the alcoholic and/or addict. Addiction leaves a wake of destruction in its path, but there is hope. Recovery is real and it works!

National Red Ribbon Week is Oct. 23 through 31. NRRW was developed in honor of slain DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, who was killed in the line of duty. The purpose of Red Ribbon Week is to bring awareness of drugs and the negative impact they have on America.

The Red Ribbon Pledge states:

1. As parents and citizens, we will talk to our children and the children in our lives about the dangers of drug abuse.

2. We will set clear rules for our children about not using drugs.

3. We will set a good example for our children by not using illegal drugs or medicine without a prescription.

4. We will monitor our children’s behavior and enforce appropriate consequences, so that our rules are respected.

5. We will encourage family and friends to follow the same guidelines to keep children safe from substance abuse.

This year the Mecosta Osceola Coalition to Reduce Underage Substance Abuse is sponsoring Red Ribbon Week by posting red ribbons at local businesses along with informational table tents. The coalition consists of community volunteers who work to prevent and/or reduce substance abuse problems in Osceola and Mecosta counties. Area residents can help raise awareness by wearing a red ribbon and telling friends and family about National Red Ribbon Week.

For more information on the coalition, please contact Kim Livingston at (231) 527-2000 or klivingston@1016.org. For help with an addiction to alcohol or other drugs, contact Ten 16 Recovery Network at (231) 527-2000 or visit 1016.org.