Red-ribbon-week-plain-200x300Ribbon Week raises awareness of drug addiction within our community. It also highlights the many problems caused by drug use while encouraging parents, educators, and teenagers to take a stand and to promote a drug-free lifestyle. Red Ribbon Week runs from October 23 through October 31 this year.

Inspirations for Youth and Families is also sponsoring a water donation for the Candle Light Vigil to be held on Oct. 26 at Gracepoint Church. During the vigil, employees and clients alike will be able to light a candle in honor of those who lost their battle of drug and alcohol addiction.

Red Ribbon Week was established in 1988 by congress. The idea of wearing a red ribbon to support the anti-drug movement first came about in 1985. DEA Special Agent Enrique Camarena was tortured and killed by drug traffickers while working undercover in Mexico.

Shortly after his death, citizens from his hometown in California began wearing a red ribbon to commemorate his sacrifice. Red Ribbon Week was established three years later in Camarena’s honor. Camarena once said, “I’m only one person, but I want to make a difference.”

Wear a red ribbon this week to honor Camarena’s memory and to also honor those who fight to keep drugs and alcohol out of the hands of our teenagers.