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Red Ribbon Week 2016 is in October!
The Red Ribbon Campaign™ is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation, reaching millions of young people during Red Ribbon Week™, October 23rd -31st each year since 1986. #YOUONLYLIVEONCE
For more information and access to all our 2016 Red Ribbon Week Resources CLICK HERE!
DEA Declines to Reschedule Marijuana
"DEA Publishes Responses to Two Pending Petitions to Reschedule Marijuana
DEA has denied two petitions to reschedule marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). In response to the petitions, DEA requested a scientific and medical evaluation and scheduling recommendation from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which was conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in consultation with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Based on the legal standards in the CSA, marijuana remains a schedule I controlled substance because it does not meet the criteria for currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, there is a lack of accepted safety for its use under medical supervision, and it has a high potential for abuse...."
Read the full article HERE.
Congratulations to the "Just Say NO to Drugs" 2016 Poster Contest Winners
Thank you to all the students from the 29 elementary schools in the City of Westminster and Westminster Public Schools that participated in this years "Just Say NO to Drugs" Poster Contest. This years theme was a "Healthy Me is saying NO to Alcohol, Tobacco and Marijuana."
CLICK HERE to see this years winners!
Just Say NO to Drugs 2016
Westminster Area Community Awareness Action Team (C.A.A.T.) promotes "Just Say NO to Drugs" projects in the spring time of the school year for area elementary students and middle school students. As the National Red Ribbon Campaign is in the fall or at the beginning of the school year, the "Just Say NO to Drugs" project is at the end of the school year with the same goals. That goal is promote a healthy lifestyle with no use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana or any other drug. Students take a pledge to Be Drug Free at Red Ribbon time, and in the spring time, we believe these students need a reminder of their pledge to Be Drug Free as they embark on the summer break from school. Summer is a very vulnerable time as students have lots of leisure and sometimes unsupervised time to get into trouble that may lead to drug use.
Spring of 2016, Westminster Area C.A.A.T. is providing a "Just Say NO" Idea’s Guide (download available) for area Schools to plan their "Just Say NO to Drugs" message in their individual building. Also, a Poster Contest is being offered for enrolled students (Kindergarten thru 6th grade) in eligible schools (listed on Teacher’s Guide) within the boundaries of the City of Westminster, Colorado and school’s in Westminster Public Schools/Adams County School District #50. Student Poster Contest Rules and Teachers Guide for Poster Contest can be downloaded here.
CLICK HERE for full access to all of our "Just Say NO to Drugs" 2016 resources!
Prom and Graduation 2016
We are already gearing up to make this year's celebrations the best they can be. We have joined forces with Parents Who Host Lose the Most to give you the best resources to make this years celebrations safe.
Parents Who Host Lose the Most ‘Don’t Be a Party to Teenage Drinking’ campaign emphasizes the impact of alcohol and marijuana on adolescents and penalties for those convicted of allowing alcohol use by underage youth. Letters and parent/teen contracts are sent each year to the parents (1300 letters in 2016) of School District 50 Juniors and Seniors of Westminster High School and all parents at Hidden Lake High School. Letters and contracts for parents and teens encourage safe and drug-free prom and graduation celebrations.
To read the 2016 letters, and for copies of the Parent/Teen Contracts, CLICK HERE!
Red Ribbon Week 2016
Why We Have Red Ribbon Week
The Red Ribbon Campaign was started when drug traffickers in Mexico City tortured and murdered Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, a DEA agent, in 1985 while he was fighting the battle against illegal drugs. Congress declared the last full week of October as “Red Ribbon Week.” This began the continuing tradition of wearing and displaying red ribbons as a symbol of intolerance towards the use of drugs. The mission of the Red Ribbon Campaign™ is to present a unified and visible commitment toward the creation of a DRUG-Free America.
Westminster Area C.A.A.T. has organized a community-wide Red Ribbon Week every year since 1987.
To access all of our Red Ribbon Week Resources CLICK HERE.
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