Red Ribbon Week
Red Ribbon Week 2021
Since its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. In response to the murder of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Agent Enrique Camarena, angered 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. In 1988, National Family Partnership (NFP) sponsored the first National Red Ribbon Celebration. Today, the Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities.
Red Ribbon Week takes place each year from October 23 through 31. For assistance in planning events or activities, check out the national Red Ribbon Week Planning Guide. For information on local events, please check with your school district.
2021 Opioid Awareness Day
Over the last five years, schools have held showings of the “Chasing the Dragon” documentary. Developed by DEA and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), this powerful documentary shows the harmful, long-term effects of drug use on not just those who are addicted to opioids but also on their family, friends, and community. This year, the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) is excited to join the Drug Enforcement Administration, FBI Little Rock Field Office, and Office of Arkansas Drug Director to launch a new local documentary created in partnership with Arkansas PBS. This new documentary will highlight the reality of drug use here in the Natural State and can assist you in bringing the critical conversation about drug use to the local level at your schools. Schools can choose which video they show, but we encourage you to participate in Opioid Awareness Day by hosting a viewing of either documentary as appropriate for your students. Please register your school below to receive additional information and supports.
Red Ribbon Week Resources
Resources for Addiction, Recovery, and Support
|URGENT Resources||Information and Research|
|ADHS Mental Health Hotline 1-844-763-0198||Arkansas Treatment Centers|
|AR Connect (Mental Health & Substance Abuse) 1-800-482-9921||Arkansas Resource Guide (PDF)|
|Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-talk (8255)||AR Take Back|
|Poison Control Center Hotline 24.7 1-800-222-1222||UAMS Matriarc|
|Arkansas Regional Prevention Provide Directory (PDF)||UAMS Child Psychiatry|
|Just Think Twice|