The Red Ribbon Campaign began in 1985 in response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena. People began to wear Red Ribbons as a symbol to raise awareness of his death and destruction cause by drugs. The first National Red Ribbon Celebration was held in 1988. From that time on, the Red Ribbon Campaign has been held in schools across the county with education and drug prevention activities. This year it is October 23 – 31st with the theme “Your Future is Key, So Stay Drug Free”.
However, adults need to be involved also, talk to your children, grandchildren, neighborhood children. Children that have a conversation about drugs with adults that truly care about them are less likely to begin to use drugs. Sign the pledge to help our youth avoid drugs.
The bus left at 7:30 a.m. yesterday with community members and Washington Drug & Alcohol Commission Inc. employees heading to Harrisburg for Advocacy Day. It was attended by many across the state and voices were heard by our representatives and those attending that recovery is possible and it does happen. The Observer Reporter was able to capture some of the crowd please read their article.
The 2017 Together We Can Recovery Walk was a great success. We thank anyone who attended and if you missed it this year we hope you can join us next year. To see the photo and article on the walk in the Observer Reporter click here.
Recovery Advocacy Day “Courage to Change” is September 26, 2017 at the PA State Capital in Harrisburg, PA. For more information please contact Meghan at 724-223-1181 ext 137 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
You are invited to join Pennsylvania’s recovering community for a day of advocacy in Harrisburg. Recovery Advocacy Day aims to raise awareness of substance use disorders, celebrates individuals in long term recovery, and acknowledges the work of prevention, treatment, and recovery support services.
Participants are welcome to meet with their elected officials after 10:00 a.m. where they can share their recovery experience and convey a message of hope. At 2 p.m., participants are invited to attend a media event in the main rotunda which will consist of remarks from individuals in recovery and state officials.
FASD stands for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, this term is used to describe a disorder that occurs when a woman drinks alcohol while pregnant. There are no safe time to drink alcohol when pregnant, so why risk the health of your unborn child. FASD can influence your child all of their life. Why risk it? Give your child the best start in life you can give them. FASD is 100% preventable, give them your 100% by not drinking!
Here are some of the signs of FASD.
- Children born with FASD will have distinctive facial features such as a small head, their eyes will look different and weigh less than normal babies.
- Children born with FASD can have problems with their organs, including their heart and kidneys.
- Children born with FASD will have difficulty learning and memory for their entire life.
- Children born with FASD will have difficulty with attention and a higher than normal level of activity (hyperactivity).
- Children born with FASD will have speech and language delays, a low IQ, and poor reasoning and judgment skills.
NO amount of alcohol during pregnancy is safe. It is best to refrain from drinking any form of alcohol if a women is pregnant, trying to become pregnant or not using an effective form of birth control. The reason for this is that she may be pregnant and not know and expose her unborn child to alcohol. At week 3, the heart, brain and nervous system is being developed, most women don’t even know they are pregnant at that time. In week 4, the eyes, ears and limbs are being developed. This is usually about the time that most women find out they are pregnant with some not finding out until weeks 6 when the teeth and mouth are already being formed.
Gene Vittone and Erich Curnow were interviewed for the Sunday Business Page on CBS about the current Opioid Crisis. To see the interview click on the following link: Washington Co. DA Eugene Vittone & Washington Co. Drug & Alcohol Commission’s Erich Curnow on Opioid Crisis
Thank you for coming to the Washington County Fair August 12-19th and seeing us! If you didn’t get to come see us and fill out a survey, please take the time to make your voice hear by clicking below and taking one of our surveys
SPF – RX (18-25 Year Olds)
Washington County Speaks – Youth (12 years old – 20 years old)
Washington County Speaks – Adult (21 years old and up)
The prevention programs are in full swing for the summer. You can find our prevention specialist at the parks, summer camps, libraries and in the community. Here is a picture to show you one of the amazing types of activities being done with the youth in our community. This is our webcube and the activity teaches communication, teamwork and cooperation.
Mark the date of September 23rd, you won’t want to miss the Together We Can Recovery Walk 2017. The celebration will take place on the Lemoyne Cultural Center on 200 N. Forrest Ave. in Washington, PA. beginning at 8:30.
Registrations begin at 8:30 the Proclamation and Speakers begin at 9:00 , then the walk begins at 9:45. Following the walk enjoy some good food and music until 2:00 p.m. Free T-shirts while supplies last (sizes vary). Take part in the amazing raffle and spend some time with friends. Hope to see you there!
Let your voice be heard, call your congress and let them know you don’t want funding cut for Medicaid Expansion.