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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
To recognize Red Ribbon Week and to celebrate a drug free Columbus.
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; therefore
That this Council does hereby declare October 23rd  through October 31st  as Red Ribbon Celebration Week and October 24th  and 25th  to be the South Side Stand Up Against Addictions Weekend.
That this Council urges all Ohioans to wear a Red Ribbon, participate in activities sponsored by your schools and communities, and make a commitment to a healthy drug free lifestyle.