National Red Ribbon Week

Throughout Great Falls, Cascade County and our nation, National Red Ribbon Week will be celebrated during October 23-30, 2011.

The City-County Health Department, along with participating Cascade County schools will enjoy “Theme Days” with suggested attire for the week. Several groups of volunteer organizations in Great Falls will help decorate the city in red, spreading this year’s theme “It’s Up to Me to be Drug Free.” Auto dealers have been asked to place red cars on the front lines, and many agencies’ employees will wear red ribbos and decorate their offices. This campaign will also have local decision makers, such as the Mayor, Chief of Police and other notable persons, speaking through radio and television PSAs on the associated negative aspects that drugs and alcohol contribute to. This is in an effort to have ongoing community support.

National Red Ribbon Week was brought about by Congress in 1988 after DEA Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena was brutally murdered by traffickers of Mexican drug cartels he had been investigating for several years. Red Ribbon Week has expanded and grown across our nation as a time to show our support for a drug-free community.

Anyone can participate in the celebration by wearing red throughout the week to show support for a drug-free community. For more information on Red Ribbon Week, contact Teddy Nault, CCHD Tobacco Prevention Specialist, at 452-0881 x307.