All proceeds from the Red Ribbon Rivalry support drug prevention in Anderson County.  Thanks for your support!

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Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) of Anderson County is beginning the 2016 Red Ribbon Rivalry!  This year, in Anderson County, ASAP is holding the Red Ribbon Rivalry during the month of January, culminating on Sunday, January 31. The main goal of the RRR is to raise funds to prevent and reduce substance misuse here is Anderson County.  It has been determined through a lengthy benefit: cost analysis that every $1 dollar invested in prevention at the local level here in Anderson County yields approximately $17.47 savings in healthcare costs, criminal and juvenile justice costs, educational costs, , etc. in Anderson County.  This year we are hoping for even more community participation in the RRR.  Local businesses are competing against each other by selling Red Ribbons for a $1 donation and displaying them in their businesses to show support for substance misuse prevention.  Winning businesses and employees will receive recognition for their efforts as well as individual prizes for the top sales associates.  Anderson County High School, Clinton High School, and Oak Ridge High School will also compete this year to see who will be the recipient of the RRR trophy to be displayed at their school for the year.  Clinton has maintained their winning streak since the beginning of the contest in 2012, but ACHS and ORHS students have been making a plan for victory.

      Red Ribbon Week is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention recognition week.  By participating in community events and raising awareness for drug prevention, we pay tribute to DEA Special Agent Enrique` “Kiki” Camarena.  Special Agent Camarena was an 11-year veteran of the DEA assigned to Guadalajara, Mexico.  In Mexico, Camarena was responsible for trailing the country’s biggest marijuana and cocaine traffickers.  In 1985, he came extremely close to unlocking the mystery of a multi-billion dollar drug pipeline.  Prior to the unfolding of his case, he was kidnapped, tortured, and murdered by Mexican drug traffickers.  His death is said to be the eye-opener for Americans to the international scope and dangers of the drug trade.

To buy a ribbon you can visit Git-N-Go, ACE Hardware, Countryside Tire and Auto Service, Powell-Clinch Utility , Hoskins Drug Store, Say Ow Tattoo, Apple Discount Drugs,  or a ASAP Youth Coalition member at Anderson County, Clinton High School, or Oak Ridge High School.  For more information about the RRR call 865-457-3007.


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