Red Ribbon Week History

Red Ribbon Week History

by Ashley Drane on October 26, 2010

Local students are celebrating Red Ribbon Week as part of a worldwide campaign to stay drug free.

Muskingum Behavioral Health Prevention Director Kris Headley said the kids are preparing for Red Ribbon Week. It’s the last week in October where they kids will take a stand against drugs.

"Red Ribbon Week started in 1985 when  Kiki Camarena was killed during a drug investigation. He was trying to stop drug trafficking from Mexico into the states,"Headley said.

Camarena was kidnapped tortured and killed in 1985. After that happen his community wanted to honor him and started red ribbon week to educate the community on the dangers of drugs. Then in 1988 President Reagan made it a national week.

"It gets people together and lets them know there are problems out there but we can join together to help prevent these problems or help our community," Headley said.

Headley said schools try to make it fun so it’s something the kids will learn from the event.