Drug-Free Tennessee Promotes Red Ribbon Week and Spreads Awareness

 Drug-Free Tennessee, the local chapter of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, is promoting drug awareness and education for Red Ribbon Week.

Drug-Free Tennessee in partnership with the Church of Scientology Nashville is holding several drug prevention and educational events during Red Ribbon Week, a national initiative to promote drug prevention and awareness.

Volunteers from Drug-Free Tennessee receive a commendation for their drug education and prevention activities.
Volunteers from Drug-Free Tennessee receive a commendation for their drug education and prevention activities.

Tennessee consistently ranks among the top five U.S. states on substance abuse rates, according to a report from The website further shows that despite the rise in opioid addictions, alcohol abuse statistics have remained stable, so alcohol is still the most commonly abused substance in Tennessee. In fact, more than 60 percent of patients who enter state drug treatment programs seek treatment for alcohol addiction and about 1 in 20 Tennessee residents abused or were dependent on alcohol in 2016. 

The website also looks at opioid abuse, specifically pointing out that oxycodone and hydrocodone are the most commonly abused painkillers. Although physicians legally prescribe them, these medications often end up on the black market, which has led to a surge in drug-related crimes in Tennessee. Opioid overdoses have become so widespread that the Tennessee General Assembly has permitted pharmacies to carry naloxone, a medication used to negate the effects of an opioid overdose until the patient receives professional treatment.

To protect youth from the disastrous effects of abusing these and other drugs, Drug-Free Tennessee (DFT) teams up with community partners to bring the truth about drugs to young people during Red Ribbon Week.

“We have an immediate task ahead of us: get the drug overdoses going downward,” says Julie Brinker, an ambassador for the organization, “Nashville has seen an increase every year in overdoses since 2018 and it’s time to get this turned around.”

Red Ribbon Week is a week-long event at the end of October to promote drug-free lifestyles. The red ribbon has been worn as a symbol since 1985, when DEA Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena was murdered in the course of an investigation to stem the flow of illicit drugs into the country. Angered parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing red ribbons to show their commitment to raising awareness of the destruction caused by drugs in America.

Volunteers will join Drug-Free Tennessee for educational events and to distribute copies of The Truth About Drugs, a booklet that helps young people understand what drugs are and how they affect the user. Additionally, DFT is holding an event to promote a drug-free lifestyle.

Drug-Free Tennessee is the local chapter of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, an international non-profit organization. Its materials demonstrate the dangers of drugs through factual information and interviews with former addicts giving personal perspectives on each of the substances covered. For more information on the Truth About Drugs, visit or 

The Church of Scientology and Scientologists support the Truth About Drugs initiative of Foundation for a Drug-Free World, one of the world’s largest nongovernmental drug education and prevention campaigns, and make its materials available free of charge to anyone wishing to take effective action in their communities, churches or schools.


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