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Red Ribbon Week walk to highlight impact of drug abuse

STEUBENVILLE — The Jefferson County Drug Court will hold its second-annual Red Ribbon Week Community Walk at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Jim Woods Park to raise awareness of the destruction caused by drug addiction.

The community is invited to attend the walk to recognize the importance of remaining drug-free, said Kevin Schrader, drug court officer.

Red Ribbon Week runs Wednesday through Oct. 31. The National Family Partnership has sponsored the Red Ribbon observance since 1988.

Common Pleas Judge Michelle Miller began a drug court program when she took the bench in 2015. The drug court was certified by the Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Specialized Dockets for a two-year period in 2017.

It was recently recertified for another two-year period, Miller said.

Miller said the community should come out and participate in the walk on Saturday because drug abuse and addiction affects everyone in the community, not just family and friends.

“We need a multifaceted approach to the drug problem, given the devastating effect on the entire community,” she said.

The Red Ribbon Week Community Walk raises awareness of the drug problem, as well as educating youth about the dangers of drug use, Schrader said.

Schrader said information booths will be set up at the park on Saturday, showing services provided by various organizations and groups. There will be drawings, a memory board and activities for kids. Parents can also sign a drug-free pledge to help kids grow up safe and healthy.

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