Honoring Red Ribbon Week is for Adults and Not Just Students

When we think of Red Ribbon Week we think of the red ribbons the students bring home from school regarding drug prevention. But as adults why do we celebrate Red Ribbon Week. Who is Enrique “Kiki” Camarena? How did Red Ribbon Start? And where? How close to home do we have drug gangs? In 2012, the Red Ribbon Week is October 23- 31st, 2012 and the theme is “The Best ME is Drug Free”.
Drug Cartels and gangs are in our lives so quit turning a blind eye. It doesn’t matter where you live DRUGS ARE EVERYWHERE. Larry Parnham of the Sedalia Police Department is a leading expert on gangs and drug cartel issues in the United States. He states that out of 4 documented gangs in Sedalia, Missouri 2 of them are supplying large amounts of drugs to the Midwest. These gangs supply Meth, Cocaine, and Marijuana.
The best fight against drugs is prevention. Ways to do this everyday is to talk with your kids and be candid. Keep the lines of communication OPEN. Did you know that kids who learn about the dangers of drugs from their parents are 50% less likely to use drugs, alcohol and tobacco? If you feel uncomfortable about talking about drugs there are many different resources, but one to try is www.getsmartaboutdrugs.com to inform not only yourself but your loved ones, too.
When 500 agents looked for him they found his body in a shallow grave on a ranch in Mexico. He was on the trail of a Mexican Drug cartel that discovered a multi-million dollar narcotics manufacturing operation in Chihuahua, Mexico. On February 7th, 1985 undercover Drug Enforcement Agent Enrigue “Kiki” Camarena had been kidnapped, tortured and brutally murdered by a drug gang in Mexico This brought to the American people what was really happening in the world of drugs for the first time.
The first local Red Ribbon Days was sponsored by the Norwalk/La Mirada Grassroots Alcohol and Drug Education Project (GRADE) and Norwalk Citizens Against illicit Drugs was on October 28-Nov.4, 1985 in the cities of Norwalk and La Mirada, California. In 1988, with the National Family Partnership and Nancy Reagan as Honorary Chairperson, Congress held the first 8-day Red Ribbon Week. In 1988, the U.S Senate Joint Resolution 329 became Public Law 100-455, stating that the last week of October be declared as National Red Ribbon Week in remembrance of the growing drug and trafficking problem by the drug cartels. This is one of the ways we can remember those who gave their lives in attempt to control our drug epidemic fueled by cartels and gangs. Thus, opening the eyes of the American people to the dangerous world of drugs. By wearing red ribbons and participate in community anti-drug events we pledge to live a drug free lifestyle and remember DEA Agent Camarena and those that put themselves at the front line of drugs.
In the spirit of this years theme, “The Best ME is Drug Free” let’s think outside the box of not only ourselves but others around us and help our community be a safe and a drug free environment.

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Tiffany is a Drug Prevention Motivational Speaker. She speaks on Drug Prevention due to her own fight against drugs. She nearly died on her 30th birthday as well as having two strokes, an aortic heart valve replacement, and both legs amputated. Now she makes it mission to show & tell others what can happen, even if they think they might be Superman or Super Women. DRUGS DON'T DISCRIMINATE.
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33 Responses to Honoring Red Ribbon Week is for Adults and Not Just Students

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    • admin says:

      Irina,
      Greetings and thank you for the great question. What type of recommendations would you like? More information on where to get advice on talking with younge people or adults about drugs?The topic of drugs are so very vast sometimes a little hint on what direction would be beneficial (not to be rude there, but I want to make sure I am answering your question appropriately). I have various places to get information & I would just like to help you and narrow it down.
      As to making a positive remark I think that our law enforcement branches are doing all that they can when they have discovered a situation:For example a Meth Lab. I know where I live people will report odd behavior to the local law enfocement. It’s really disheartening to say that there isn’t much I can say that is positive. I am very excited and happy for those that don’t even try to drugs! As well as, ecstatic for those who recieve drug treatment for their addictions and remain drug free for the rest of their lives!
      Budget cuts in our government has led to removing drug education program funding from schools and our communities! Drug Prevention education in our school is necessary and I beleive that it IS EDUCATIONAL for our up and coming generations. I thought that is why we “educated” our youth in all aspects of life and to have a “well rounded education”. What are your thoughts on budget cuts regarding drug prevention? Hope to hear from you soon! -Tiffany

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    • admin says:

      Greetings!
      Thank you. I think that drug problems and drug prevention should be talked about DAILY. It shouldn’t be a tabu type of issue. Parents should be talking about drugs, sex, bullying, alcohol openly in the home. If parents feel uncomfortable about it to their children then they should learn all they can about the issues at hand and if they don’t know the answer ask a professional. The questions will come up its just a matter of Time! Parents need to educate themselves to handle the ever changing world we live in. The world is different than what I grew up in and different from what my parents grew up in and so on.
      Thank you and look for more regular posts in the new year!
      Again, thank you for reading and if you have any suggestions or thoughts I would enjoy reading them!
      -Tiffany

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