Red Ribbon Week is an annual national drug prevention campaign. This year, the week is celebrated Monday to 31. This year’s theme is “Your Future is Key so Stay Drug Free.”
This is the campaign’s 32nd year of raising public awareness to combat alcohol, drugs, and tobacco use.
The mission of the Red Ribbon campaign is to present a unified and visible commitment towards the creation of a drug-free America. The Fort Bragg Army Substance Abuse Office will conduct Educational Booths Monday to Oct. 27 located at the North and South Exchanges, providing children and young adults free gift bags in support of the National Red Ribbon Week Campaign.
ASAP will also provide Drug and Alcohol presentations to the seventh and eighth grade students at Albritton and Shughart Middle schools on the Oct. 26 and 27.
Red Ribbon Week commemorates the day Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Kiki Camarena made the ultimate sacrifice and was killed by drug traffickers in Mexico City in 1985.
When Camarena decided to join the DEA, his mother tried to talk him out of it.
He responded to her concerns by saying, “I’m only one person, but I want to make a difference.”
During the campaign, ASAP’s goal is to encourage the Fort Bragg community to demonstrate their commitment to Drug-Free lifestyles by asking participants to wear the traditional symbol of the campaign which is the red ribbon.
ASAP’s mission is to reach Soldiers and Civilians, Family members and dependents within the community.