Willis Encourages Conversations about Drug Abuse During Red Ribbon Week

NORTHLAKE, Ill. – In recognition of Red Ribbon Week, state Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Addison, is encouraging residents to talk with their loved ones about drug abuse.

“With opioid abuse running rampant within our state, we need to take a stand to care for ourselves and our loved ones,” Willis said. “Too many Illinoisans have died and too many families have been destroyed due to drug abuse.”

According to the Illinois Department of Human Services, roughly 5,500 Illinois residents die of drug abuse each year. This number continues to rise yearly due to the easy access of pain killers which often lead to opioid abuse. The purpose of Red Ribbon Week is to create awareness regarding the destruction caused by drug abuse as well as encourage advocacy about the issues.

“One conversation could help prevent someone from descending into addiction,” Willis said. “We must talk with our families and friends, especially our children, about the dangers of drugs pose.”

The National Red Ribbon Campaign began in 1985 with a goal of encouraging parents to discuss the dangers of drug addiction with their children. Red Ribbon Week this year is being observed from October 23 to October 31. For more information on Red Ribbon Week or the Red Ribbon Campaign, visit www.redribbon.org.

Willis is serving her third term in the Illinois General Assembly as State Representative of the 77th District, which includes O’Hare Airport and portions of Addison, Bellwood, Bensenville, Franklin Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, Stone Park, and Wood Dale.