National Red Ribbon Week

National Red Ribbon Week
Posted on 10/29/2018
 Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country. Although the start end dates can vary slightly depending on the organization and source, Red Ribbon Week generally takes place the last full week in October, with the weekends before and following the last full week included as appropriate celebration dates. This year Red Ribbon Week will be celebrated October 23-31, 2018.

What is Red Ribbon Week?

Red Ribbon Week is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention awareness campaign. Today, millions of people celebrate.

How did Red Ribbon Week start?

Red Ribbon Week started after the death of Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, who in 1985 was brutally murdered by drug traffickers he was investigating in Mexico. After his death, people wanted to honor his sacrifice. Local celebrations began in California – where Camarena grew up – in 1985, and in 1988 the National Family Partnership started the first National Red Ribbon Week.

Why the red ribbons?

As a tribute to Camarena during the initial local celebrations, high school friend Henry Lozano and Congressman Duncan Hunter, created “Camarena Clubs” and the wearing of a red ribbon to show their oppositions to drugs.

How can we help our children?

1.      As parents and citizens, we will talk to our children and the children in our lives about the dangers of drug abuse.

2.      We will set clear rules for our children about not using drugs.

3.      We will set a good example for our children by not using illegal drugs or medicine without a prescription.

4.      We will monitor our children's behavior and enforce appropriate consequences, so that our rules are respected.

5.      We will encourage family and friends to follow the same guidelines to keep children safe from substance abuse.


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