NIC hosts activities in honor of drug and alcohol awareness week

North Idaho College students will learn about alternatives to drugs and alcohol and the consequences of use during Drug and Alcohol Awareness Week Oct. 25-29 at NIC. The event is being held in conjunction with Red Ribbon Week, which was established after the murder of a drug enforcement officer to promote alcohol- and drug-free lifestyles among America's youth. In honor of the event, NIC athletes will visit local elementary schools to speak about the effects of drug and alcohol abuse. Various agencies will distribute drug and alcohol awareness information from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25 and Tuesday, Oct. 26 in the foyer of Edminster Student Union Building. Agencies include the Coeur d'Alene Police Department, the Idaho State Police, North Idaho Behavioral Health, Alcoholics Anonymous, Idaho Drug Free Youth and the Court Appointed Special Advocate Association. A tulip planting ceremony will take place at noon Wednesday, Oct. 27 outside the NIC Residence Hall in accordance with “Planting the Town Red,” a program that encourages businesses, schools and families across the country to plant red tulip bulbs in October so in the spring, the tulips will bloom and provide a subtle reminder of the dangers of drug, alcohol and tobacco use. The tulips were provided by Idaho Drug Free Youth. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's 2002 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 12 to 17 percent of 18- to 25-year-olds in Idaho reported using illicit drugs and 37 to 54 percent of that population reported using alcohol. All events are free. Information: (208) 769-3370.

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Judith Davis, NIC Student Services, (208) 769-7818

Posted: Friday, Oct. 22, 2004

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