They may be too young to grow facial hair, but more than 1,000 middle school kids sported fake mustaches at the State Capitol to take a stand against drug abuse Thursday.
It was the 16th annual Red Ribbon Rally Against Drugs. Students wore T-shirts and signs that said, “I mustache [must ask] you not to do drugs.”
Officials say there has been a drop in alcohol and tobacco use in recent years, but more kids are turning to other drugs instead.
"The one area where we're having an issue is prescription drugs,” Chris Sharman with Partnership for a Drug-Free Texas said. “The message there is for parents to keep prescription drugs locked up in the medicine cabinet, and when they're done with them, dispose of them properly--which means don't flush them down the toilet."
After the rally, students had a mock legislative session in the House and Senate chambers.
Kids debated and voted on anti-substance abuse bills they drafted in class earlier this week.