From October 23-31, the 27th annual “Red Ribbon Week” takes place across the country. Red Ribbon Week raises awareness for drug addiction and promotes drug prevention. This year, families can become involved by entering a contest to promote awareness in their local communities. The winners will receive a drug prevention grant for their local public school. Additionally, the winning families will receive a new iPad for their personal use.
Red Ribbon Week was formed after parents, students and teachers started wearing red ribbons to commemorate the murder of Drug Enforcement Administration agent Kiki Camarena in 1985.
The DEA is co-sponsoring the event this year with the National Family Partnership. Families and students who wish to participate are encouraged to decorate their houses or apartments with a message that reads, “The Best Me is Drug Free.” They should take a photo of the message on their home and upload it to the Red Ribbon Week Facebook page on or before November 2nd. You must be at least 18 years old to upload the photos.