Every October millions of young people and adults all over America show their commitment to a healthy, drug-free lifestyle by wearing and displaying a red ribbon in honor of Red Ribbon Month. This important campaign’s goal is to raise public awareness and mobilize communities to combat drug and alcohol use among our youth.
Since its inception in 1986, the Red Ribbon Campaign has touched the lives of more and more people each year. It all began with the brutal murder of Enrique Camarena, a drug enforcement agent who was investigating a Mexican drug cartel. Agent Camarena was kidnapped, brutally tortured and killed just days before he was to identify kingpins of the drug cartel in Mexico. Angered by Camarena’s death and the destruction caused by illegal drug and alcohol use in America, the young people of Camarena’s hometown in Calexico, California, began wearing red ribbons in honor of their fallen hero. Prevention associations all over America began to wear red ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to fight the illegal use of drugs.
Throughout the month of October, Sheriff Crow is encouraging agency
members to proudly display red ribbons on agency
vehicle antennae (except undercover vehicles of course) and has authorized
the wear of small red ribbons on uniforms.
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