Red Ribbon Week’s message is worth spreading

Red Ribbon Week celebrates the choice for teens to lead a drug-free life. We encourage all local teens to get on the drug-free bandwagon.

As adults know, life is full of choices. Teens are just learning about the impact of making bad choices. Going drug-free is certainly a good life choice.

Red Ribbon Week, which began this week and runs through the end of October includes fun and educational activities organized by schools and the Right Path of Washington County, a group dedicated to providing healthy alternatives to drug and alcohol abuse.

Marietta’s chapter of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) has organized a raffle with movie tickets, popcorn and candy as the prize. Also, students are being asked to sign a pledge to be drug-free. Their red pledge cards line a hallway at MHS.

Unfortunately, many people aren’t aware of the dangers of drug abuse. We hope Red Ribbon Week helps inform people of all ages.

For example, many people have unused prescription drugs in their home. That medication is an open invitation for abuse. This Saturday, people all over Washington County will have a chance to dispose of unused medication. Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday and we urge you to clean out medicine cabinets and turn in pills, capsules and liquids. A list of locations appeared in Thursday’s paper and is posted on It’s an easy way for households to get in the spirit of Red Ribbon Week. Get involved and remove a potential hazard.

Meanwhile, we urge Red Ribbon Week organizers to keep spreading their message. It appears people are listening.