Like many communities across America, St. Mary’s County has experienced numerous problems associated with illicit drug use and those who traffic in them. Governments and community leaders know citizen support is one of the most effective tools in the effort to reduce the use of illicit drugs. With that as a foundation the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County recognized the Red Ribbon Campaign and the Southern Maryland Young Marines in their continuing efforts to curb illegal drug use in the county.
Congress established the Red Ribbon Campaign in 1988 to encourage a drug-free lifestyle and involvement in drug prevention and education efforts. This year the week of October 21 – 29 has been designated National Red Ribbon Week. Americans are encouraged to wear a red ribbon to show their support for a drug-free environment. The 2016 National Red Ribbon theme is “YOLO. Be Drug Free” (YOLO stands for You Only Live Once).
“There is hope in winning the war on drugs, and that hope lies in education and drug demand reduction, coupled with the hard work and determination of organizations, such as the Southern Maryland Young Marines, to foster a healthy, drug-free lifestyle,” said Commissioner Todd Morgan (4th District).
In proclaiming National Red Ribbon Week, the commissioners urged citizens to join them in marking the observance now and throughout the year.