The U.S. Postal Service joins the effort to raise awareness about the dangers of drug use with the release of the Drug Free USA stamp. Featuring original artwork by Aaron Draplin, the stamp depicts a white star with lines of red, light blue, and blue radiating from one side of each of the star’s five points, suggesting the unity necessary at all levels to effectively address drug use. Greg Breeding designed the stamp and was the typographer. William J. Gicker was the art director.
Drug use can have negative impacts not only on individual health and functioning, but also on the well-being of families and entire communities. Recent surveys indicate that more than 50 million Americans age 12 or older—nearly one in five people—have used an illicit drug in the previous year, and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, overdose is a leading cause of injury-related death in the U.S.
To fully address drug use requires a unified effort at every level of the community. Research has demonstrated that children are less likely to use drugs, alcohol, and tobacco when their parents or other adults communicate clearly and consistently about the risks. Educators, health care professionals, and policymakers can all play a role in addressing drug use through prevention and early intervention.
National Recovery Month, observed annually in September, raises awareness about the effectiveness of substance use disorder treatment and mental health services and serves as an important reminder that recovery is possible. The Red Ribbon Week® campaign, which takes place in schools and communities nationwide every year from October 23 through October 31, helps parents as well as teachers, business owners, and neighborhood organizations promote drug use awareness. Participants wear a red ribbon or red to symbolize their dedication to preventing drug use. The annual campaign is sponsored by the National Family Partnership.
The Drug Free USA stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp. This Forever stamp is always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price.
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SKUs featured on this page: 478904
|Issue:||Drug Free USA Stamp|
|Denomination &||First-Class Mail Forever|
|Type of Issue:|
|Format:||Pane of 20 (1 design)|
|Issue Date & City:||October 27, 2020, Washington, DC 20066|
|Art Director:||William J. Gicker, Washington, DC|
|Designer:||Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA|
|Artist:||Aaron Draplin, Portland, OR|
|Manufacturing Process:||Offset, Microprint|
|Printer:||Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)|
|Press Type:||Muller A76|
|Stamps per Pane:||20|
|Print Quantity:||20,000,000 stamps|
|Paper Type:||Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag|
|Processed at:||Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)|
|Colors:||PMS 533 C Dark Blue, PMS 2121 C Light Blue, PMS 2133 C Blue, PMS 485 C Red, PMS Cool Gray 7C|
|Image Area (w x h):||0.84 x 1.42 in./21.336 x 36.068 mm|
|Overall Size (w x h):||0.98 x 1.56 in./24.892 x 39.624 mm|
|Full Pane Size (w x h):||5.92 x 7.24 in./150.368 x 183.896 mm|
|Press Sheets Size (w x h):||11.84 x 21.72 in./300.736 x 551.688 mm|
|Plate Size:||240 stamps per revolution|
|Plate Number:||“P” followed by five (5) single digits in four corners|
|Front:||Plate number in four corners|
|Back:||©2019 USPS • USPS logo • 2 barcodes (478900) • Plate position diagram (6) • Promotional text|
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