SAP Newsletter

The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc.

Red Ribbon Week

October 23, 2020 thru October 31, 2020

The first national Red Ribbon week began in 1988! It was formed to celebrate the life of DEA agent Kiki Camarena. It also provides communities the opportunity to bring awareness to a drug free life style. This years theme is Be Happy. Be Brave. Be Drug-Free. Click here for more information.

Fast Facts About Drug and Alcohol Use

  • There is a link between depression and substance abuse
  • Children and adolescents who use alcohol and drugs are more likely to have a substance use disorder as adults
  • Alcohol is the substance most widely used by teenagers
  • Teen substance use can be deadly

PAYS DATA from 2019

Since 1989, The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has conducted a biennial survey of youth in the 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th grades to gather information about their knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors towards alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use to help communities address root causes of antisocial behavior. Below is information pertaining to youth in Bucks County, focusing on questions related to Access and Willingness to Use.

  • 39.3% chose "took it without permission from home, friends home, store, etc."
  • 31.1% gave someone money to buy it for me
  • 27.4% Friends brothers sisters over 21 provided it to me
  • 42.9% of students chose "took them from a family member living in my home
  • 38.1% a friend or family member gave them to me
  • 26.2% showed a willingness to use alcohol (indicating they "would like to try it or use it" or "would use it any chance I got.")

More detailed information can be found in the PDF below

Ways to Celebrate Red Ribbon Week:

Bethany Hamilton - soul surfer and shark attack survivor interviews with Natural High

How Can I Help?

For Schools:

Continue to do your Red Ribbon Week Festivities even if you are all virtual!

  • Incorporate drug prevention curriculum throughout your week. For ideas check out
  • Plan essay and poster contests about drug prevention
  • Create theme days and coordinate fun and impactful prevention activities
  • Invite parents and families to a special health fair or education program
  • Organize a Red Ribbon Rally
  • Add fast facts about substance use into your morning announcements
  • Have an open conversation with students regarding the risks of substance use
  • Utilize your SAP Counselor and SAP team to share information and help implement plans

Natural High Resources for Educators:

Engages storytellers who kids admire and trust. These storytellers created free and impactful presentations and resources for educators and parents. Their program is evidenced based and is up to date with current statistics on youth behavior, brain development, and social norming.

The program utilizes:

  • Powerful storytelling's
  • Tools to promote student engagement
  • Positive Alternatives to drugs and alcohol
  • Skills to live well

Check out Natural High for Educators: Click Here

For Parents:

Children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are up to 50% less likely to use drugs than those who don’t; yet, only a quarter of teens report having these conversations.

Talking and Connecting with your Adolescent

Natural High Resources for Parents:

This two step program summarizes substance use prevention. Clinking this link, will lead you to free resources to support what your child's school may be discussing. Having conversations at home helps your child understand your families morals and values.

Terry Kennedy talks drugs in interview with Natural High

Red Ribbon Fridays!

Red Ribbon Fridays were designed to engage parents children and the community in fun interactive prevention activities. Click here to see what new activity is happening every Friday.


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Every year Bucks County hosts Drug Take Back days. For more information click here.

Below is a file educators can use to promote this event.

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