Narconon of Georgia Celebrates Red Ribbon Drug Awareness Week

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ATLANTA, Ga. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- On October 26th, downtown Atlanta played stage to a live band as Narconon of Georgia celebrated Red Ribbon Week at Woodruff Park. A local band, sponsored by Narconon, took center stage at Woodruff Park, on the corner of Auburn Avenue and Peachtree Street downtown. The songs, written by Michael Jackson, Louis Armstrong, as well as original compositions, had park goers dancing. Government workers, college students, tourists and people from all walks of life stopped to hear the music and the message promoting a drug-free world.

"Our goal is to educate people on the dangers of drug abuse," commented Mary Rieser, Executive Director for The Narconon Georgia Drug Rehab Center. "One way is celebrating Red Ribbon Week, with live music and drug education literature warning young and old alike about the dangers of drug abuse. Drug prevention is easier, less expensive, and saves lives. Life can be great without drugs and our big party today proved that point."

"We must have passed out three thousand pieces of literature on drug education," comments Ms. Rieser. "Thousands stopped to listen to the band, and everyone was dancing. It was a great time. This has been a tradition for several years, and the turnout just gets better every year. While Narconon Georgia's main focus is helping former drug abusers live healthy, drug-free, productive lives, effective drug prevention on a big level is imperative for the survival of this civilization."

Red Ribbon Week began after the murder of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena in 1985 and his family wanted to ensure that he did not die in vain. In 1988, Red Ribbon Week was recognized nationally with President Ronald and First Lady Nancy Reagan serving as the Honorary Chairs.

Today, the Red Ribbon Celebration brings millions of people together to raise awareness regarding the need for alcohol, tobacco and other drug addiction and violence prevention, early intervention, and treatment services. It is the largest, most visible prevention awareness campaign observed annually in the United States.

Narconon of Georgia is dedicated to helping people with drug addiction and to preventing drug abuse through community involvement and drug education.

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