Long Standing Drug Abuse Prevention
October 17, 2009
The United States Senate has passed a resolution, sponsored by
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, that commemorates the Annual
Red Ribbon Campaign, the oldest and largest drug prevention program
in the nation, reaching millions of youth through Red Ribbon
Murkowski's resolution, recognizing October 17-25, 2009, as Red
Ribbon Week, passed the Senate by unanimous consent.
Red Ribbon Week is a national, week-long event commemorating
the life of Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Enrique
Camarena, who was killed in Mexico in the line of duty in 1985.
Shortly after his death, his friends launched "Camarena
Clubs" in his hometown of Calexico, California. In his honor,
club members wore red ribbons and pledged to live drug-free lives.
The campaign quickly gained national prominence and in 1988
Congress proclaimed the first National Red Ribbon Week.
"Red Ribbon Week memorializes Agent Camarena, and all those
who have lost their lives in the war on drugs, by educating young
people about the dangers of drug abuse, promoting drug-free activities
and supporting everyone who has stood strong against illicit
drugs," said Murkowski. "The Red Ribbon that we will
wear during Red Ribbon Week is a symbol of zero tolerance for
illegal drug use and our commitment to help people, especially
children, make the right life-decisions."
In Alaska, a number of Red Ribbon Week events will take place
beginning on October 19, to encourage healthy life choices and
engage others to support a drug-free community.
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