Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco, and other drug and violence prevention awareness campaign observed each October in the United States. A total of 380 red ribbons were distributed at UALR during this week. Health Services and Health Promotion, Programs and Education (HPPE) hosted the following events:
Alcohol/Drug Awareness Walk
A total of 58 individuals wore red ribbons and paid tribute to the cause by walking along the Trojan Metric Trail.
NOPE (Narcotics Overdose Prevention & Education) Candle Light Vigil.
This event is held annually in memory of those lost to drug and alcohol-related incidents and those suffering from the disease of addiction. Actual photographs of individuals who died of an overdose, as well as their life stories, were displayed.
- 69 individuals attended
Balloon Release. Red balloons were distributed campus-wide. Individuals wrote a personal message to someone they lost to alcohol or other drugs or about any situation relating to the issue. All the balloons were released at noon.
Sharhonda Kelly, Medical Assistant, took the “Condom Cart” across campus handing out condoms and candy. To get the candy, individuals had to answer a question about sexual responsibility and STIs. If an incorrect answer was given, the individual was educated on the correct answer (Thank you to Mail Services for the use of their mail cart and to Rogelia Rodriguez for driving it).