Since its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. In response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, angered parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction cause by drugs in America. In 1988, NFP sponsored the first National Red Ribbon Celebration. Today, the Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities.
The Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse (CAASA) is the local sponsor of Red Ribbon Week. Calvert County government agencies, churches, Neighborhood Watch communities, and the public schools are actively participating in Red Ribbon activities.
Communities across America have been plagued by many problems associated with illegal drug use and those who traffic in those drugs. There is hope in winning the war on drugs in education and drug demand reduction, along with the hard work and determination of organizations like the Southern Maryland Young Marines of the Marine Corps League, to foster a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. The Young Marines partnered with the St Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office to fight the heroin addiction.
Government and community leaders know that citizen support is a most effective tool to reduce the use of illicit drugs in our community.
The Red Ribbon Campaign was established by Congress in 1988 to encourage a drug-free lifestyle and involvement in drug prevention and education efforts, encouraging Americans to wear a red ribbon to show their support for a drug-free environment.
The week of October 23-31, 2017 is designated as National Red Ribbon Week. The theme this year is “Your Future is Key, so Stay Drug-Free”. The Calvert Board of County Commissioners proclaimed the week of October 23-31, 2017 as National Red Ribbon Week in Calvert County. They urged all residents to join in the observance now and throughout the year.
Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon