Grundy County Public Health invites the community to take a visible stand against drugs by celebrating Red Ribbon Week from October 23-31.
Red Ribbon Week raises awareness of drug use and the problems related to drugs facing our community, and encourages parents, educators, business owners, and other community organizations to promote drug-free lifestyles.
"Red Ribbon Week encourages our entire community to adopt healthy, drug-free lifestyles," said Christina Bare, Grundy County Public Health. "The campaign brings together parents, schools, and businesses as we look for innovative ways to keep kids and communities drug free. We are excited to be able to provide Red Ribbon Week supplies, education, and resources to the schools and families in Grundy County."
The red ribbon symbolizes a continuing commitment to reducing the demand for illicit drugs in our communities. In 1985, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent Enrique S. "Kiki" Camarena was killed by drug traffickers. Shortly after Camarena's death, citizens from his hometown of Calexico, California, began wearing red ribbons to remember him and commemorate his sacrifice. Congress established Red Ribbon Week in 1988.
"Red Ribbon Week gives us the opportunity to be vocal and visible in our efforts to achieve a drug-free community," said Christina Bare.
For more information about Red Ribbon Week, contact Grundy County Public Health at 319-824-6312.