Drug-Free World Spreads the Truth About Drugs with Red Ribbon Week
- In the last year, an estimated 208 million people used illicit drugs internationally.
- Approximately 187,000 people die each year globally from drug overdoses. That is 512 people every day.
- In the last year, 56,636 people have ordered Truth About Drugs campaign materials.
- 6,087 schools have delivered the Truth About Drugs campaign to students in the last year.
As part of the recent “Red Ribbon Week” (a drug and violence prevention awareness week held across the U.S.), Drug-Free World teams were out in force.
From Seattle, Washington, where volunteers distributed the Truth About Marijuana booklets during a professional football game to over 1,000 fans, to Denver, Colorado, where a team went to local schools and introduced the program for implementation in the school’s curriculum. And on the East Coast, where the National Affairs Office in Washington D.C. set up a Drug-Free World booth at the Nationals Park where the former D.C. Mayor signed the pledge to be drug-free.
Orgs and groups across the U.S. held Open Houses during Red Ribbon Week and reached thousands with the message of a drug-free world.
Today, more than 100,000 different individuals, groups and organizations count themselves as a part of the Drug-Free World movement—from teachers and health instructors, to police, government officials and celebrities. With their help, and through IAS support, more than 13,000 people are reached with the message of Drug-Free World every hour.
Here is what just a few of those partnering with Drug-Free World and using the materials had to say:
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON: The Church of Scientology in Seattle held a Drug-Free World Open House with a special guest speaker from a traffic and safety education organization, who had this to say about the campaign: “I use these materials. I have given them to 8th and 10th grade health teachers, to parents, and we use this program in our traffic safety classes. I really appreciate the Drug-Free World for supplying these materials. There are really good videos in it as well.”
CORONA, CALIFORNIA: A high school health teacher gave each of his students their own set of Truth About Drugs booklets and then had them do illustrations to demonstrate the effects of the drugs. He wrote in to say, “Your group is doing great. The Truth About Drugs curriculum is an excellent look into lives of users and gives hard hitting evidence on how young adults get addicted. Please involve me in anything new.”
SAHAGÚN, COLOMBIA: An English teacher at the Andres Rodriguez Educational Institution in Colombia wrote: “We don’t have Red Ribbon Week in Colombia, but as I am an English language teacher, I tell my students about the culture of English-speaking countries. I took advantage of the Drug-Free World program and the Truth About Drugs materials to explain what Red Ribbon Week is about and to encourage students to celebrate it as part of our program. I prepared a prevention fair with senior high school students. They made posters with information they received from Drug-Free World materials. We had students from 6th grade up to 11th grade coming to our stands to receive information on drug addiction prevention. At the end of the day we had a group of students telling us they wanted to give up drugs.”