Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education Red Ribbon Week

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Red Ribbon Week – October 23-31, 2022

Red Ribbon Week, which focuses on the education and prevention of drug abuse, is October 23-31. To assist schools with planning activities, the Arkansas Department of Education has created a Red Ribbon Week webpage, available at The webpage includes multiple resources, such as links and phone numbers to partner organizations.

Opioid Awareness Day

Each year, school districts are encouraged to show the “7 Days: The Opioid Crisis in Arkansas” documentary that highlights the opioid crisis in Arkansas or the “Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict” documentary. “7 Days: The Opioid Crisis in Arkansas” was developed by ADE in partnership with Arkansas PBS, the FBI Little Rock office, Arkansas Drug Director Office, and Arkansas Drug Enforcement Administration; it captures the stories of Arkansans who struggle with opioid addictions, as well as local experts who explain the impact the crisis is having on the Natural State.

To see the “7 Days” trailer, click the following link:

To bring awareness to this critical issue, school districts are encouraged to participate in a same day showing of either “7 Days” or “Chasing the Dragon” on Wednesday, October 26 during Red Ribbon Week. Through invitation, local and state law enforcement officers may also be available to attend a showing at the school to answer questions and provide information.

School districts that plan to show the video should register at  by October 23, 2022.

Hashtag: Districts and schools are encouraged to post pictures of their Red Ribbon Week activities on their websites and social media using #ARRedRibbonWeek.

Stay tuned for more information and be sure to follow ADE at the links below:

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