Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Just Say No

With the passing of former First Lady Nancy Reagan this past week I thought I would post about her initiative to stop drug use.

"Drugs take away the dream from every child's heart and replace it with a nightmare, and it's time we in America stand up and replace those dreams....Nancy Reagan.

In 1982 she was visiting with school children in Oakland, California and a small little girl asked her what to do when she was offered drugs and the First Lady said "Just Say No". It was a phrase coined from Mrs. Reagan off the top of her head, not created by any agency.

She was a formidable campaigner for her cause, in 1988 there were more than 12,000 "Just Say No Clubs" across the country.

There is no definite number of decreases of the use but cocaine use by high-school seniors dropped by one-third in the 1980's.

She made 14 anti-drug speaches in 1984 and 110 appearances. She visited 65 cities in thirty-three states and 9 foreign countries.

President Reagan signed a proclamation in 1986 creating the first "Just Say No to Drugs Week".
She was the first lady to address the United Nations.
Found this photo of six of our former First Ladies, aren't they classy ladies?

Sadly I am aware that some of pundits say that the campaign was a failure, but as Mrs. Reagan said if it helps ONE CHILD it is worth the effort.

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Roger Owen Green said...

The Mrs. Bush, Reagan, Carter Ford. I assume the far right is Lady Bird Johnson, but who's 2nd to the right?


Melody Steenkamp said...

Ahh did she pass away, how sad, i hadn't heard or read that jet.

Drugs...just yesterday i watched on German television a documentarie about the pro's and contra's of legalisation of soft-drugs...
Without thinking about it, i would be against it... overhere in The Netherlands its already legalised by the way...

Knowing a lot about drugs on the necessary side... i can't be totally against it... there are some diseases wich are quit horrific and in wich regular medicin does not what one would want, were sofdrugs can that much better...

So... its a subject of discussion, i gues, on wich people will never come to an agreement

Have a nice ABC-wednesday-day / - week
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Mrs. Nancy Reagan passing is very sad indeed, because she was truly a presidential quality spouse. She was very strong and independent, yet she knew how to keep her femininity and charm. May she rest in peace.

Reader Wil said...

Anti drugs campaigns are very needed. Great that Nancy Reagan supported these campaigns. I didn't know this. Thanks for sharing this news, Ann.
Wil, ABCW team

Joy said...

So many lives cut short or ruined, a campaign worth attempting.
Roger, yes I was squinting at them so thanks pointing out, who's who, Is the missing name Pat Nixon?

Carol Z said...

Loved the pictures of the first ladies. Some great causes were promoted.

Nora said...

I think it was the start of awareness of drugs that she gave to the world. If you do nothing then nothing is done, so she actually tried in her way to open the dialogue on drugs.

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