Every October, people across the country mobilize during Red Ribbon Week to promote the importance of living drug free.
And this year, there is good news to celebrate. SAMHSA’s (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health tells us that the percentage of 12-to-17- year-olds who drink alcohol, use tobacco, or abuse certain drugs is dropping.
An estimated 27 million Americans aged 12 or older currently use illicit drugs, and marijuana use continues to rise.
CACY held a Red Ribbon Essay Contest for schools in Richland County. Participants wrote essays on what self respect means to them and how self respect can lead to a drug free life.
A winner was chosen from each school district at the middle and high school levels.
2015 Essay Contest Winners:
Clear Fork Middle School
Kobe Metcalfe, 7th grade
Clear Fork High School
Macy Wade, 10th grade