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2019 Red Ribbon Certified Schools Recognized

DEA National Red Ribbon Rally

Family Day Photo Contest Winners 2019

President's Message - October 2019

Red Ribbon Photo Contest 2019

Schools Embrace Family Day

Youth Ambassadors Help Spread Prevention Messages

What Parents Need to Know About Teen Vaping

Family Day Photo Contest 2019

President's Message - September 2019

National Survey on Drug Use and Health Findings Announced

President's Message - August 2019

President's Message - June/July 2019

President's Message - May 2019

Miami-Dade Students Present on Drug Prevention Efforts in Their Schools and Communities

34th Annual Dinner at Joe's

President's Message - April 2019

Prevention Awareness Key in Fight Against Opioids

Orlando Students Present On Drug And Alcohol Prevention

President's Message - March 2019

Remembering Betty Chapman & Herta Holly

President's Message - February 2019

Announcing the 2019 Red Ribbon Campaign Theme

Family Focus: The Polewski Family

President's Message - January 2019

Informed Families Welcomes Outstanding New Board Members

Let's Shatter The Myths About Drug Use

Students Earn $1,000 For Their Schools In South Florida Red Ribbon Video Contest

President's Message - December 2018

Orlando School Wins National Red Ribbon Photo Contest

2018 Red Ribbon Week Highlights

President's Message - November 2018

Family Focus: The Strunck Family

Family Focus: The Mendell Family

Paragon Residential Detox Center Celebrates Red Ribbon Week With I-95 Billboard

President's Message - October 2018

Family Focus: The Sundt Family

How Many Florida Children & Teens Drink Or Use Drugs?

President's Message - September 2018

Family Focus: Melissa & Demetrius Branca

President's Message - August 2018

Last Year Was The Worst Year In US History For Drug Overdoses

President's Message - July 2018

Family Focus: Ginger Katz of the Courage To Speak Foundation

President's Message - June 2018

Orlando Schools Earn National Recognition & Red Ribbon Certification

Suicide Prevention for Children & Teens

President's Message - May 2018

33rd Annual Dinner At Joe's A Huge Success

President's Message - April 2018

President's Message - March 2018

Joe's Pre-Party At Miami Cancer Institute

President's Message - February 2018

Introducing The 2018 Red Ribbon Theme: Life Is Your Journey. Travel Drug Free.™

Webinar: Strategies To Prevent Underage Drinking

President's Message - January 2018

Opioids In Florida: The Latest Stats

President's Message - December 2017

Informed Families Partners With The National Institute On Drug Abuse

Announcing The FL Red Ribbon Photo Contest Winner

Star Ambassador: Freda Colley of Duval County

President's Message - November 2017

Informed Families Receives $25K Grant To Expand Safe Homes Smart Parties

Red Hot! Schools & Communities Across Florida Celebrate 2017 Red Ribbon Week

President's Message - October 2017

It's Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31)

Congratulations To 2017 Family Day Contest Winners!

President's Message - September 2017

Red Ribbon Week Is Almost Here. Here's What You Can Do...

Results from the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use & Health

President's Message - August 2017

President's Message - July 2017

[Press Release] Schools and Organizations Named Informed Families All Stars

5 Reasons Why You Need to Highlight Student Achievement

President's Message - June 2017

Introducing the Informed Families 2017 All Star Schools

Why Do Kids Use Drugs?

President's Message - May 2017

It's Summer! How Family Rules Keep Kids Out of Trouble

32nd Annual Dinner At Joe's: A Huge Success

Teen Drug Facts: The Dangers of OTC Drug Abuse

How to Encourage Student Success

Why Safe Graduation Parties Are Important for Florida High Schools

Talking with Your Teen About Buzzed Driving

Sponsors Step Up To Support Annual Joe's Dinner

How Stewart-Marchman-Act Treatment Centers & IF Work Together To Deliver Affordable Prevention

President's Message - April 2017

What Actually Goes On at High School Parties?

President's Message - March 2017

Florida High Schools: How to Keep Your Prom Drug-Free

Parenting Classes: How to Have the Hard Conversations

Save The Date - Dinner At Joe's Is May 15, 2017

Star Ambassador: Martina Belotti of Monroe County

Florida Middle Schools: Is It Too Soon to Talk About Drugs?

Help Your Teen Throw Fun (and Safe) High School Parties

How to Enforce Family Rules

President's Message - February 2017

Prescription Drug Abuse Facts For Teachers

Children of Alcoholics Week Offers Hope

Creative Ways to Highlight Student Success at Your School

Parent Resource Center: How to Talk to Your Kids About Drugs

Adderall Use vs. Adderall Abuse: Know the Signs

President's Message - January 2017

Teen Drug Statistics: What Could Amendment 2 Mean for You?

The Super Bowl: A Teachable Moment

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week: Teacher Tools

New Year’s Resolution Suggestions for Healthy Kids

New Year: New Opportunity to Support Student Success

President's Message - December 2016

How Much of a Problem Are Drugs in Schools Today?

How to Set Family Rules For Holiday Parties

Adderall Abuse in Florida High Schools

Publix Pharmacy Shares Important New Years Message

Family & Schools Win $1,000 In Florida Red Ribbon Week Photo Contest

How Informed Families Is Combatting Drugs in Schools

Starting a Parent Support Group in Your Area

Healthy Kids: How Drugs and Alcohol Impact Your Children

Supporting Student Achievement with Prevention Messages

President's Message - November 2016

Star Ambassador: Angela Nealy of Orange County

Schools & Families Enter 2016 Red Ribbon Photo Contest

[Press Release] Informed Families Sponsors Red Ribbon Week in Florida

Florida Middle Schools Prescription Drug Abuse Facts

All Star Ambassador Spotlight: Tracy Bowen of Collier County

Teacher Tools for Red Ribbon Week®

President's Message - October 2016

Parent Resource Center: Alcohol Facts You Need to Know

Protecting Teens During Homecoming and Other High School Parties

President's Message - September 2016

From The Front Lines: The Latest Drug Trends Of 2016

The Value of Family Day for Healthy Kids

How The Five Whys Can Help You Become A More Efficient Parent

Drugs in Schools: Prevention in 2016-17

Family Time: The Best Way to Raise Healthy Kids

[Press Release] Why Don't We Eat Dinner With Our Children?

Setting Up Student Success by Becoming an All Star School

President's Message - August 2016

Inspiring Words From An Informed Families Ambassador

All Star Ambassador Spotlight: Laura Estes of Walton County

President's Message - July 2016

2015-2016 Informed Families All Star Schools Recognized

President's Message - June 2016

Stilwell Named Statewide Program Director

4 F's Of Summer Parenting

President's Message - May 2016

31st Informed Families Dinner at Joe’s Stone Crab Raises Funds To Help Kids Grow Up Safe, Healthy & Drug Free

Signs That Your Child May Be Drinking

Volunteer Spotlight: Melanie Williams of Orlando

Predicting Future Drug Use Among Children

President's Message - April 2016

President's Message - March 2016

Ambassador Spotlight: Jacynta House of Miami Gardens

President's Message - February 2016

Ambassador Spotlight: Wing Isom of Seminole County

From The Front Lines: Rx for Heroin Addiction

President's Message - January 2016

Is Dabbing A Dance Or A Drug?

Save The Date - Dinner At Joe's Is May 16, 2016

Partner Spotlight: Jessica Spencer of Drug Free Manatee

The Latest On E-Cigarettes

President's Message - December 2015

Lock Your Meds Featured In Publix Pharmacy Stores in January 2016

2015 Red Ribbon Walk & Wrap Raises Over $15,000 For Local Schools & Statewide Prevention

Announcing 2015 Florida Red Ribbon Photo Contest Winners

President's Message - November 2015

From The Front Lines: Signs & Solutions For Childhood Stress

Florida Schools & Communities Wrapped In Red Ribbon

Batchelor Family to Co-Chair 31st Annual Dinner at Joe's

6 Tactful Tips To Resist Peer Pressure

President's Message - October 2015

Four Schools Honored With Red Ribbon Certification In 2015

Parents, Respect Your Children This Red Ribbon Week

Peggy Sapp Appointed To FL Statewide Drug Policy Advisory Council

President's Message - September 2015

Latest National Survey Shows Alcohol and Teen Rx Drug Use Declines; Marijuana Use Steady, Increase In Depression 

Open-Ended Questions To Keep Everyone Talking

Pediatricans Warn of the Dangers of Binge Drinking in Adolescents

President's Message - August 2015

Over $2K Raised In One Week For Red Ribbon Walk & Wrap

National Prescription Take-Back Day Scheduled For Sept. 26

How To Make Chores Less Of A Chore

A Deal Is A Deal

President's Message - July 2015

Announcing The 2015 National Red Ribbon Week Youth Ambassador

How To Tell If Your Child Is Drinking Alcohol

New Research Shows Marijuana Use Impairs Driving

From The Front Lines: Summer Is A Peak Time For First Time Drug Use

Youth Drug Abuse Facts You Should Know in 2015

10 Tips For Successful Family Car Trips

How a Lemonade Stand Can Teach Your Children The Best Life Lessons

8 Ways To Harness Parent Power

President's Message - June 2015

The Pictures Are In: The 30th Annual Dinner At Joe's

Drug Overdose Leads Injury-Related Deaths Nationwide

New Report Shows Steady Decline In Underage Drinking

Congrats To 18 All Star Schools For 2014-2015 School Year

President's Message - May 2015

Adolescents' Drinking Takes Lasting Toll On Memory

5 Ways To Rule The Roost

Teacher Tools: 5 Things You Need for a Great Lesson Plan

Instagram Study Sheds Light On Drug Use At Summer Music Festivals

Teacher Tools: The Secret to Preparing Your Lesson Plan Template

The Miami Herald: Miami-Dade Among Lowest In FL For Underage Drinking

Where You Sit Determines What You See

Study: Early Sipping Linked To Underage Drinking

Parent Alert: New Synthetic Drug Flakka Hits Streets

Ambassador Spotlight: Sonia Ambrose

President's Message - April 2015

6 Ways To Raise A "Good Sport"

From The Front Lines: Hiding In Plain Sight

Teacher Tools: 5 Minute Lesson Plan Hack and More!

Ambassador Spotlight: Anne Lewis of Baker County

President's Message - March 2015

Dad, Can I Throw A Party?

The City Mouse & The Country Mouse

6 Ways To Stop Your Child From Stealing

Teacher Tools: Lesson Plan Templates and Other Resources

Informed Families & Volunteer Florida

4 Volunteer Opportunities For Your Children

President's Message - February 2015

How to Tell if Someone You Know is Hooked on Prescription Drugs

Molly: Not Your Child's Friend

Connector Spotlight: Deborah Montilla

Introducing The 2015 Red Ribbon Theme: Respect Yourself. Be Drug Free™

5 Ways To Encourage Our Children To Be Creative

3 Reasons to Volunteer in Florida

7 Important Facts About Prescription Drug Abuse

What is Prescription Drug Abuse?

How to Use the Home Medicine Inventory Card

President's Message - January 2015

Ambassador Spotlight: Sonia Ledger of Cypress Creek High

3 Tips To Prevent Your Kids From Lying

4 Ways to Have Safe Family Parties

5 Tools To Start The New Year Off Right

4 Ways to Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse

President's Message - December 2014

From The Front Lines: From Painkillers to Heroin

Parents: There's No "I" In Team

President's Message - November 2014

Florida Memorial Dean Demonstrates The Power Of Red Ribbon

5 Tips For Surviving The School Holidays

Among Florida Youth, "Most Don't" Drink, Smoke or Do Drugs

The Faces of Red Ribbon Week

Don't Let Florida Go To Pot

Win An Ipad For Your Family & $1,000 For Your Child's School

The Medical Marijuana Ruse

5 Steps To Positive Parenting

President's Message - October 2014

7 Ways To Love Yourself

Parents, Red Ribbon Week Is A Gift

Bad Trip

4 Tips For Good Homework Habits

President's Message - September 2014

Family Day - Conversation Is The Main Course

Parents Beware: Apps To Watch Out For

Increased Traffic Fatalities Involving Marijuana

Are U.S. High School Students Getting Healthier?

About Us

We teach people how to say no to drugs and how to make healthy choices. To reduce the demand for drugs, Informed Families has focused its efforts on educating and mobilizing the community, parents and young people in order to change attitudes. In this way we counteract the pressures in society that condone and promote drug and alcohol use and abuse. The organization educates thousands of families annually about how to stay drug and alcohol free through networking and a variety of programs and services .

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