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Upcoming Red Ribbon Week celebrates drug free lives

Every year, Merced County celebrates “Red Ribbon Week,” which aims to raise awareness of drug abuse, promote drug free lifestyles, and encourage anyone experiencing substance use disorder to connect with treatment services.

This year, Red Ribbon Week will be celebrated from Oct. 23 through Oct. 31.

Merced County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) will host a Red Ribbon Week finale event at Applegate Park’s “Merced Open Air Theater” (also known as the MOAT) from 1 to 4PM. Saturday, Oct. 29. The event will include informational booths on community events and services, music, gift bags, light refreshments, and kid’s activities. Activities will include face painting and arts and crafts. Attendees are invited to pledge to be drug free and add their pledge to the “Live Drug Free” wall.

Contact Merced County BHRS Substance Use Disorder Prevention Division at (209) 381-6880.

Merced County BHRS works to empower our diverse community with hope, recovery and wellness by providing comprehensive holistic care. BHRS serves the residents of Merced County with a variety of mental health and substance abuse programs available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can be accessed by appointment, walk-in, or by contacting emergency services. To enroll in services, you can call the ACCESS line at (209) 381- 6800 or toll free at 1-888-334-0163.

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