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Tift County participates in Red Ribbon Campaign

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The Red Ribbon Campaign promotes a drug free life. The Red Ribbon Campaign promotes a drug free life.
Sheriff Gene Scarbrough wants the entire Tifton community to get involved in the Red Ribbon Campaign. Sheriff Gene Scarbrough wants the entire Tifton community to get involved in the Red Ribbon Campaign.
The Red Ribbon Campaign starts October 23rd through the 31st. The Red Ribbon Campaign starts October 23rd through the 31st.
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The Tift County Sheriff's Office is preparing to join the fight against drug and alcohol use during October's Red Ribbon Campaign.

"A Healthy Me is Drug Free", is one of the messages that the Tift County Sheriff's Office wants to spread throughout the county during the Red Ribbon Campaign in October.

"I want make it big so that everybody gets involved in it and let the public know and let everybody know that we're against drugs and alcohol," said Sheriff Gene Scarbrough.

The red ribbon symbolizes a drug free life and the sheriff's office wants to spread that message by displaying red ribbons on their patrol cars and having ribbons visible in various areas around the community.

"This is not just for Tift County, this is for all of the counties in the State of Georgia and everywhere else because it's a national campaign," said Scarbrough.

Sheriff Scarbrough hopes the department's actions will educate the community on the dangers of drug and alcohol use.

"If we can save one person, then it was all worth it because it's so detrimental to their lives, their jobs, their health, their families," said Scarbrough.

Students at Annie Belle Clark Primary School participate in the campaign each year as both a fun and learning experience.

"Shade out drugs so we wear shades one day, we put a cap on drugs and wear our favorite hats," said Annie Belle Clark School Counselor Melisa Utley.

Utley says it's important to teach students the dangers of drugs and alcohol at an early age.

"Because if you start at the middle school or high school level sometimes it's too late," said Utley.

The National Red Ribbon Campaign starts October 23-31st. You can sign the red ribbon pledge by clicking here.

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