Children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don't, yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations.

2014 Red Ribbon Theme

Introducing...The 2014 Red Ribbon Theme: Love Yourself. Be Drug Free.™

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Congratulations to Alexa Dougherty, a 7th grader at S.S. Steward Institute in New York, for creating the 2014 Red Ribbon Theme: “Love Yourself. Be Drug Free.”

“I came up with the theme, ‘Love Yourself. Be Drug Free,’ because drugs are such a harmful thing for your body,” said Alexa. “If you are choosing not to take them, you obviously love yourself because you aren’t harming yourself. “

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Alexa’s Language Arts teacher, Lynn McGovern, learned about the National Family Partnership’s 2014 Red Ribbon Theme Contest from the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council of Orange County and decided to make the contest part of her lesson plan.

“I wanted the kids to participate in the contest because I want to expose them to prevention education,” said McGovern. “Red Ribbon Week is a great opportunity to expose students to the importance of being drug free.”

“Alexa is very creative, she loves school and she love doing the right thing,” said Theresa Dougherty, Alexa’s mother. “Drug prevention is important to me as a parent because I want Alexa to have the best life possible. I’m so proud of her.”

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Left to Right: James Conklin, Executive Director of The Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Council of Orange County, Lynn McGovern, Teacher at SS Seward and Red Ribbon liaison, Theresa Dougherty, Mother of Alexa, Alexa Dougherty, and Susan Moore, Assistant Principal of SS Seward.

Alexa Dougherty won $500 in Red Ribbon theme merchandise from the National Family Partnership for her school, S.S. Steward Institute in Florida, New York, for Red Ribbon Week, October 23-31, 2014. In addition to her prize, she is bringing national recognition to her school and community. Members of the school, Alexa's family and the Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Council of Orange County are beaming with pride.

"The Orange County Red Ribbon Committee was started by two individuals in 1990 and started out very small, said James Conklin, Executive Director of The Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Council of Orange County. "I am absolutely thrilled and proud that it has grown into such a well-known campaign in our county and that one of our own residents has been nationally recognized for her anti-drug slogan. The Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Council offers its sincere congratulations to Alexa and is confident that she will serve as a role model to her peers and the Orange County community at large.”

The Red Ribbon Theme Contest is held each Fall. The winning slogan and design are used throughout the following year at thousands of schools and communities across America. In its 29th year as the nation's largest and oldest drug prevention campaign, Red Ribbon Week® reaches 80 million people each year throughout the United States.

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