NIDA Supports Red Ribbon Week

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Each year during the last week of October, hundreds of schools across the U.S. take part in Red Ribbon Week. National Red Ribbon Week is a unified effort, sponsored by the National Family Partnership, to promote student commitment to a drug-free America. It began in 1985 after a grim event in our Nation’s history when Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Enrique Camarena was murdered. He had joined the DEA based on his philosophy “I’m only one person. But I want to make a difference.” Red Ribbon week educates students about how communities can come together and make a difference in the fight against illicit drug distribution and use. The event is often marked with school spirit, can-do attitude and enthusiasm. The DEA is part of the U.S. Department of Justice. For more information on Red Ribbon Week, click