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C.A.R.E. Observes Substance Abuse Prevention Month And Red Ribbon Week – Brevard NC


C.A.R.E. and law enforcement representatives pose with nearly 190 pounds of medications that have been collected in Transylvania County since March for safe disposal. Pictured from left are City of Brevard Police Lt. Chad Farmer, C.A.R.E. Coalition Coordinator Kathleen Mallet, C.A.R.E. Coalition Member Emily Lowery and Transylvania County Sheriff David Mahoney. (Photo courtesy of Tara Rybka)

October has been recognized as National Substance Abuse Prevention Month since 2011. In a declaration regarding National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, President Obama points out why substance abuse prevention is so important.

"Alcohol and drug use can stand in the way of academic achievement, jeopardize school safety, and limit a young person's possibilities," he said, adding that "thousands of Americans die each year from prescription drug overdose, and many can access these drugs in their own medicine cabinets at home." President Obama also pointed out that parents can make a difference by "talking with our sons and daughters early and often about the dangers of drug and alcohol use."

National Substance Abuse Prevention Month culminates with Red Ribbon Week, which raises awareness of drug use and the problems related to drugs that this community faces, and also encourages parents, educators, business owners and other community organizations to promote drug-free lifestyles.

Although Red Ribbon Week will be observed nationally October 23-30, students in Transylvania County Schools will be observing this campaign October 19-23 due to teacher workdays.

The red ribbon symbolizes a continuing commitment to reducing the demand for illicit drugs in our communities. In 1985, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent Enrique S. "Kiki" Camarena was killed by drug traffickers. Shortly after his death, citizens from his hometown of Calexico, Calif., began wearing red ribbons to commemorate his sacrifice. Congress established Red Ribbon Week in 1988.

Various activities take place in communities around the country to observe Red Ribbon Week. Here in Transylvania County, schools will observe Red Ribbon Week with dress up days, awareness posters and various other activities – including lots of red ribbons.

The C.A.R.E. Coalition is sponsoring a Red Ribbon Week video contest open to middle and high school students. They will award three prizes ($100, $50 and $25) for the best video submissions in the middle school and high school categories.

Successful Recent Drug Take-Back Event

C.A.R.E. has also been cooperating with local law enforcement, pharmacies and others to reduce accessibility of prescription drugs of abuse. At a Drug Take-Back Event on Sept. 26, C.A.R.E. staff and volunteers collected around 20 pounds of medications. Combined with those collected in the permanent drop boxes located at the City of Brevard Police Department and the Tran-sylvania County Sheriff's Office, nearly 190 pounds of medications have been collected since March. These medications are now out of the reach of potential abusers and will be disposed of in a safe manner that will not contaminate the natural environment, which happens when medications are flushed.

High Schools Starting S.A.D.D. Chapters

Brevard and Rosman high schools will be starting (or re-starting) chapters of S.A.D.D. (Students Against Destructive Decisions). If you or someone you know would like more information, contact Kim Hartley at kimberly.hartman@tran to get connected to school S.A.D.D. contacts. For more information about S.A.D.D., visit

Red Ribbon Week Video Contest Guidelines

Who are you: A student in grades 6-12

When to enter: Now through October 23, 2015

What you'll need: Your video camera and computer

Why you should care: To showcase your natural high, win awesome prizes and get one step closer to following your dreams!

Create: Every day, youth are bombarded with mixed messages about drugs and alcohol. The C.A.R.E. Coalition believes in a new social norm that empowers us to pursue our passions and live a life we love, free from any artificial high. Through your video, show how you're living a naturally high lifestyle and how it's helping you live a life you love.

Requirements: Videos should be 1-3 minutes long and in .mov, .mp4, .avi, .mpg, or .wmv format. All video submissions are required to have a URL (YouTube, Vimeo, or SchoolTube are example sites where you get a URL after posting).

Your video should address:

1) How you are living a naturally high lifestyle.

2) How you are inspiring others to discover their natural high.

3) Identify your natural high: 'My name is ____ and _____ is my natural high.'

How to enter: Email your video file or URL to kimb by 10/23. Be sure to include the names of the students and/or groups entering the contest, as well as your grade (middle or high school).


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