DEA to Kick Off Annual Red Ribbon Campaign Throughout the United States

October 20, 2017 8:00 am · 13 comments

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration will kick off its annual Red Ribbon Campaign, the nation’s largest drug prevention effort, on October 23.

The National Red Ribbon Campaign began after drug traffickers in Mexico tortured and brutally murdered Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in March 1985. Red Ribbon Week is officially celebrated nationally from October 23-31; however, communities and school districts nationwide hold events throughout the month.

The Red Ribbon Campaign is dedicated to helping to preserve Special Agent Camarena’s memory and further the cause for which he gave his life – the fight against the violence of drug crime and the misery of addiction. By gathering together in special events and wearing red ribbons during the last week in October, Americans from all walks of life demonstrate their opposition to drugs.

Red Ribbon Week started as a local effort in Camarena’s hometown of Calexico, California, when former Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and Camarena’s high school friend, Henry Lozano, created Camarena Clubs to keep Kiki’s memory alive. The National Family Partnership turned Red Ribbon Week into a national drug awareness campaign, an eight-day event proclaimed by the U.S. Congress and chaired by then President and Mrs. Reagan.

Approximately 80 million people participate in Red Ribbon events every year.

For a toolkit with Red Ribbon materials and more information, visit the Red Ribbon Campaign page on

Growerofgreen October 20, 2017 at 8:19 AM

Of course this doesn’t include marijuana. Wait, maybe to the feds, but not state and local laws. The feds are so screwed up.

FAA October 20, 2017 at 8:44 AM

And San Francisco wants to provide safe-haven shoot up places for drug addicts. How ridiculous is this! I don’t think Mr. Camarena would approve either.

AlwaysBePositive October 20, 2017 at 9:20 AM

What a waste of energy and money. ‘Don’t use drugs kids’. Then they go home, see adults drinking and smoking, turn on the TV and meet the most interesting man in the world, open a magazine and see beautiful people lighting up.

America would be better off if we legalized all the illegal drugs and banned the legal ones.

Dalinian October 20, 2017 at 9:23 AM

The DEA is a vile entity, with no civilian oversight…It is nothing more than a “hammer” for Pig Pharma….They have seized BILLIONS of dollars in “Asset forfeitures” when about half of those who’s stuff was seized were innocent outright, or found innocent later…Much of those seizures were for cannabis…And NOBODY gets their stuff back….The hell with the DEA….

USA October 20, 2017 at 9:33 AM

I fully support this. Please, keep us informed when the marches and protests will take place at the Big Pharma companies that poison our population.

Just say “NO” to Big Pharma!

Dawg October 20, 2017 at 11:33 AM

More people die from alcoholism. It can be from poor health to killing an innocent person in a DUI.
Do not put the total blame on big pharma, most of the blame should go to the federal government. The government is making it harder for a doctor to write a prescription for pain pills and making it extremely difficult for the patient to get the proper care needed for pain relief.
A few people abuse pain pills and the government decides to punish the entire population of people with chronic pain. Some people are in such excruciating pain they will do anything to make it go away, and when their doctor refuses to write a prescription, some are forced to buy their drugs off the streets. Those are the ones we hear about that are dying from an overdose. It’s better for the patient to be under a doctors care and get the pain relief he or she deserves.

TIFOKCIS October 20, 2017 at 11:46 AM


That was quite a ‘oh poor me’ diatribe of fractional truth.

Run and along and get your next fix.

keeping it real October 20, 2017 at 12:11 PM

tlfokcis you will pay on judment day , i hope you have something happen to you were you are in somuch pain an ythey wont help you then we will see if you are still spewing all the hate an judment . i bet you drink an think its ok when it harm morr people than anything else….. you have notthing better to do than be hateful to people or thing you disaprove of.. you an people like yoi is whats wrong with the world ……..

Pffff October 20, 2017 at 1:06 PM

Hey Dawg,Thousands of people have Died from Overdoses. Like 64,000 Just last Year ! It’s a little more than just a few people abusing Pills and FYI it surpasses Alcohol deaths.Big Pharma has you Fooled

America October 20, 2017 at 1:13 PM

My heart and prayers go out for the special agent and his family. Please build the wall! Do everything possible to end this scurge on our nation. Even the potheads need to quit their habit. My neighbors included! The parents condone and smoke pot, too. So if their kids move on to worse drugs, they have themselves to blame.

Dawg October 20, 2017 at 1:50 PM

@ Pffff, you are mistaken, an estimated 88,000 people die from alcohol related causes annually, making alcohol the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States.
Source: CDC

RDUB October 20, 2017 at 4:27 PM

I’ll smoke a blunt for Red Ribbon Week.

jjshawk October 25, 2017 at 12:09 AM

My spidey senses are tingling.
The DEA doesn’t want to end drug abuse, anymore than, the Prison Guard’s union wants to end crime. Their jobs are dependent on the existence of drugs and crime. Once the cycle starts, its nearly impossible to end. As the saying goes, “The Road to Hell Was Paved With Good Intentions”.

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