Public schools countrywide celebrated “Red Ribbon Week” (Oct. 23 – 31) to raise awareness of the killing and destruction caused by drugs in America. Throughout the event, TMS Principal, Ann Greene, sent the following short videos to parents to share with their school-aged children. The videos highlight the dangers and destruction of drugs, including a list of questions families can use for family conversations about this critical topic.
As you view “Hidden In Plain Sight,” with your children, discuss the following questions:
- Do you know what our family’s rules are about the use of alcohol, marijuana, prescription drugs not prescribed for you, and other drugs?
- Have you seen any of the things that were shown in the video?
- Have you seen or heard of other items that are used for drugs, but were not shown in the video?
“Prescription Painkillers Use & Abuse,” highlights the misuse and addiction of prescription drugs. As you view it with your children, consider these questions:
- Why is it dangerous to take medications that are not prescribed for you?
- How do you feel about someone your age using prescription drugs not prescribed to them or abusing those prescribed to them by a doctor?
- How easy do you think it is to become addicted to drugs? Do you believe people who try drugs plan to become addicted?
- What can be the consequences of using drugs and becoming addicted?
“Safe Pill Disposal” highlights the importance of safely disposing of prescription medications. Please watch this video and compare your disposal methods with what the experts recommend.
- Why is it important to dispose of medication we no longer need?
- Do we have any medication in the house that we should dispose of?
- How can we better secure the medications we have in the house?
“Treatment for Addiction” highlights the resources that are available for those who are struggling with substance abuse:
- Is it okay to ask for help? Why do you think it might be difficult for someone to ask for help?
- If a friend were using or abusing alcohol, marijuana, or prescription drugs not prescribed to them, what support might you point them towards?
- Let’s create a plan and identify people you could call if you were ever in the situation where you needed help.
In 1988, the National Family Partnership (NFP) sponsored the country’s first “Red Ribbon” celebration. Parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction caused by drugs in America. Today, the red ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities.
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