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File #: 0177X-2014    Version: 1
Type: Ceremonial Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 10/9/2014 In control: Tyson
On agenda: 10/20/2014 Final action: 10/22/2014
Title: To recognize Red Ribbon Week and to celebrate a drug free Columbus.
Sponsors: Priscilla Tyson, Hearcel Craig, Shannon G. Hardin, Zach M. Klein, Michelle M. Mills, Eileen Y. Paley, Andrew Ginther
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To recognize Red Ribbon Week and to celebrate a drug free Columbus.

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WHEREAS, the National Family Partnership and a handful of concerned and determined parents established a national grassroots nonprofit organization to lead and support families and communities in nurturing the full potential of healthy, drug free youth; and

WHEREAS, underage drinking cost the citizens of Ohio $2.9 billion, and 21.1% of the alcohol consumed is by underage drinkers; and

WHEREAS, 3 of 4 children in protective custody in Ohio were removed from their homes because of a substance-abusing parent; and

WHEREAS, in the past decade, babies born with drug addiction increased sixfold; and

WHEREAS, alcohol and other drugs were involved in 78% of violent crimes, 83% of property crimes and 77% of public order or weapons offenses and probation/parole violations; and
WHEREAS, public awareness is the key to effectively preventing drug abuse and gambling addiction and to educating Ohio’s youth about the dangers of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse and gambling; and

WHEREAS, substance use prevention programs can improve the behavioral health of communities as well as save $4 to $5 for every dollar invested in drug abuse treatment and counseling; and

WHEREAS, this year’s Red Ribbon Celebration theme “Love Yourself - Don’t Do Drugs” highlights the year round message of being alcohol, tobacco and other drug-free; and

WHEREAS, the Southern Gateway Substance Abuse Solutions Committee comprised of South Side residents has declared October 25th and 26th to be “Stand Up Against Addictions Weekend” and has organized a series of events to help combat addictions; and

WHEREAS, business, media, social services, governments, schools, service organizations, faith based entities, safety forces and individuals will demonstrate their commitment to drug-free lifestyle by wearing and displaying Red Ribbons and posters during this week long celebration and participating in the South Side events; t...

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