October 21-25 is Red Ribbon Week, otherwise known as Drug Free Week. We will have activities at school to get the message out to students; however, I encourage you all to take this time to speak to your children at home about the negative effects of drug use. When speaking to your children about drugs, some topics to remember include:
- Illegal Drug Use. This includes drugs such as cocaine and marijuana, etc. However, it also includes the use of legal drugs in an illegal manner. An example of this is the consumption of alcohol or the use of tobacco products while under the legal age. Another example is using OTC (over the counter) or prescription medications in a way in which they were not intended.
- Legal Drug Use. Many legal methods of drug use do exist and are very dangerous to our children. Some of these include items that were never intended as a “drug,” such as aerosol sprays, energy drinks (“Red Bull”), and energy pills (“Yellow Jackets”). A few trends you may want to research and discuss with your children include “Huffing” and “Dusting.”
- Other ways to get a “high.” A couple of these include “choking” and “cutting.” While cutting is recognized as a real mental addiction, it has also become something of a trend, a way to get a small adrenaline rush.
Teachers and students (okay, mostly students!) have been working hard on their Drug Awareness Doors and they look fabulous! Below, please find photos of the doors (If I left anybody out, I apologize—I certainly didn’t mean to! I’m having some technical issues getting photos from phone to email.).
Mr. D. Etheredge
Don’t forget to participate in the Red Ribbon Week Theme Days!