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

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Red Ribbon Week – October 23-31, 2023

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 updated the Red Ribbon Week webpage at The webpage includes multiple resources, such as links to documentaries and state and national resources.



Links to two documentaries - 7 Days: The Opioid Crisis in Arkansas and Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict – are located on the department’s Red Ribbon Week webpage. The 7 Days documentary 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. The Chasing the Dragon documentary was developed by the FBI and DEA and highlights the opioid crisis on the national level.



Districts and schools are encouraged to post pictures of their Red Ribbon Week activities on their websites and social media using #ARRedRibbonWeek for possible sharing by the department. Be sure to follow ADE at the links below.

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