Next week, a very special campaign is set to begin here in our community and across the country. Red Ribbon Week is almost upon us and with it comes a stark reminder against the perils of drug and alcohol addiction. This is an issue across the country and here in LaGrange and Troup County, there is a focus on prevention but also recovery. In the week prior, this was apparent as our local group supporting the initiative made the rounds to various organizations promoting the event. Monday morning, October 16th they made their way to the steps of City Hall in Downtown LaGrange.
There are many people and local organizations here in LaGrange that are supporting Red Ribbon Week. Twin Cedars, the local Youth Advisory Board, and several local politicians are endorsing the event and all throughout our school system, students are celebrating what it means to be drug and alcohol free. The youth advisory board and representatives of Twin Cedars have been making the rounds, promoting the event and receiving proclamations for all of the work that the movement is accomplishing. The following comes from the City of La-Grange and a statement of their involvement with Red Ribbon Week: LaGrange, Ga. October 16, 2017 – LaGrange Mayor Jim Thornton proclaimed October 23-27 to be Red Ribbon Week.
Thornton read the proclamation Monday morning with Congressman Drew Ferguson, LaGrange Police Chief Lou Dekmar, members of Twin Cedars and the Troup County Prevention Coalition’s Youth Advisory Board in attendance.
“Today’s message can’t be overemphasized,” said Chief Dekmar.
“70% of the people in prison are there because of drugrelated charges.”
“This is a very important topic because almost every single family in our community has been touched by drugs or alcohol,” said Congressman Ferguson.
“Here is Troup County, we’re not just about prevention we’re helping in the recovery too.” Red Ribbon Week is a nationally- recognized, week long celebration of drug prevention.
The Youth Advisory Board helps to reach teens with the drug-free message through this year’scampaign-#MyStoryIs.
“Everyone has a story,” said Troup County Prevention Coalition Project Coordinator Shannon Lawson.
“Your story is made greater if you are drug and alcohol free.That’s what we are sharing the #MyStoryIs campaign.”