“Research tells us that the earlier drug use begins, the more likely it will progress to addiction. When a young person chooses a drug-free life, he or she is choosing a future with greater promise. That’s the power of prevention.” – Travis Fretwell, director of DBHDD’s Office of Behavioral Health Prevention (left, above).
Every year, the winners of Governor Nathan Deal’s Red Ribbon Contest are announced at a celebration hosted by DBHDD’s Office of Behavioral Health Prevention. Pictured above; with DBHDD’s Travis Fretwell, Barbara Dorman, and Cathy Wendholt-McDade; are representatives of grand prize winner GUIDE, Inc. of Gwinnett.
Also honored were 7 Georgia schools: Champion Theme Middle School of Stone Mountain, Demorist Elementary School of Demorist, East Laurens Primary School of East Dublin, Garrett Elementary School of Augusta, Liberty Middle School of Cumming, Madras Middle School of Newnan, and Walker Elementary School of Monroe. Contestants were evaluated on the diversity of and level of participation in their Red Ribbon activities.
YOLO (You Only Live Once) this year’s Red Ribbon theme, is one of many messages designed to influence the way that Georgia communities and young people think about substance use by promoting a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.
The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities‘ Office of Behavioral Health Prevention is proud to manage Georgia’s Red Ribbon Campaign on behalf of Governor Nathan Deal.