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Red Ribbon Week

Cat Eanes

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Flomaton High school recently experienced Red Ribbon Week. What does this mean? Well, red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco, and other drug and violence prevention awareness campaign observed annually in October in the United States. Schools promote this week to get around to students who are maybe going through this or knows someone going through this hard time in their life. They believe this awareness helps prevent many cases of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse.

Red Ribbon Week is by far the largest and oldest drug prevention campaign in the country, and one of the most effective for preventing drug use among youth. Current estimates show that more than 80 million people participate in Red Ribbon events each year. The first events that would eventually become the foundation of Red Ribbon Week were held in 1985 and initially called Camarena clubs. The story of Special Agent Camarena is absolutely tragic. He was going to meet his wife for lunch when 5 men came up beside him and shoved him into a car. A month later, his body was found in a shallow grave, the evidence of torture very apparent. Although a terrible incident, a lot of good has come out in the memory of Camarena. With millions of kids over the last generation pledging to live a drug free lifestyle and avoid drinking before the age of 21, his work will continue to live on as long as there is a Red Ribbon Week happening in the world each year.

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