Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco and drug prevention awareness campaign observed annually in October in the United States. Chariton will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week October 23rd –October 27th. Lucas County Public Health, Lucas County Health Center, Chariton Schools, Chargers Stomp Out Tobacco, Chariton Police Department, City of Chariton, Hy-Vee Pharmacy, Chariton Senior Center, and Carpenter Hall are all working together to sponsor activities.
Lucas County Public Health, Lucas County Health Center, and Carpenter Hall are sponsoring a “Lock Your Meds” campaign on KIIC Radio. They are encouraging people to download a home medicine inventory card at www.lockyourmeds.org . It’s important for parents and grandparents to write down the medicine you are taking and regularly check to see nothing is missing. 66% of prescription drugs kids get come from family and friends. It is important to express your disapproval of using prescription drugs without a prescription and monitor your child’s behavior that the rules are being followed. We hope you will use Red Ribbon Week as an opportunity to continue to talk to your children about the danger of alcohol, tobacco and drugs. It has been proven children are 42% more likely to avoid these if their parents talk to them regularly about it. Lucas County Public Health, Chariton Police Dept., City of Chariton, and Hy-Vee Pharmacy will be sponsoring a Community Take Back Drug Night-this next Monday, October 23rd from 5:30 to 7pm at the Chariton Community Center where you can bring in any narcotics or meds in to have them disposed of. Hy-Vee Pharmacy will be at the Chariton Senior Center for Take Back Med Day on Thursday, October 26th from 11:15 to 12:30. No narcotics can be accepted at the Senior Center.
Chargers Stomp Out Tobacco will be working with Chariton schools to sponsor tobacco/nicotine prevention activities along with the other Red Ribbon Week activities.