Celebrate Red Ribbon Week

During the week of October 22-26, 2012 the Cascade City-County Health Department and Cascade County schools will commemorate Red Ribbon Week to raise awareness about drug use.

The City-County Health Department and Cascade County schools will promote “Theme Days” with suggested attire for the week. Volunteer organizations will decorate Great Falls in red in recognition to this year’s theme, “The Best Me is Drug Free.” Local decision makers such as the Mayor, Chief of Police and other notable persons, will send their messages about avoiding drug use through radio and television PSAs. Area auto dealers have been asked to place red cars on the front lines, which will also display red ribbons.

National Red Ribbon Week was created by Congress in 1988 after the death of DEA Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, who was brutally murdered in 1985 by drug traffickers of Mexican drug cartels, which 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.

Tobacco is a highly addictive drug. One third of young people who are just “experimenting” with smoking end up becoming addicted by the time they are 20.

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 Weeek, contact Teddy Nault at 452-0881 x307.