Event to highlight prevention of drug abuse in Ga.

4:47 PM, Oct 17, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA (AP) - The state Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities is gearing up for Georgia Red Ribbon Week - which encourages drug-free lifestyles.

State officials say the event is a national anti-drug initiative held in late October that focuses on educating children and adults on the dangers associated with drug and alcohol abuse.

The department is hosting a kick-off event for Red Ribbon Week Friday in the ballroom of the Omni Hotel in downtown Atlanta.

Department spokeswoman Angelyn Dionysatos says more than 1,500 schools across Georgia are expected to participate in the event.

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