National Opioid and Heroin Awareness Week - September 19-23
This week is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice to bring awareness to the cycle of opioid misuse and heroin use in communities all around the country. Every day, 129 people die of a drug overdose and 61 percent of those deaths are related to pharmaceutical opioids or heroin.
To respond to this problem, the Department of Justice has a three-pronged approach to: 1) raise awareness about the opioid and heroin epidemic; 2) highlight enforcement successes that target the drug trafficking organizations and gangs fueling violence in our communities; and 3) provide resources for treatment.
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Red Ribbon Week (October): Encourage making safe decisions regarding drugs, alcohol, and driving through student lunch assemblies with Safe America, Prevent Defense Student Addiction Prevention Program, and AAA.