Red Ribbon Week
Thousands of Illinois students, teachers, parents and community members come together during Red Ribbon Week to raise awareness about how to prevent drug use. Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country. Although the start and end dates can vary slightly depending on the organization and source, Red Ribbon Week generally takes place the last full week in October. This year the celebration takes place October 23- October 31. Join others and Paint Illinois Red on Wednesday, October 26th by painting your fingernail red and help raise awareness for the importance of preventing drug use before it starts.
Red Ribbon Week serves as a vehicle for communities and individuals to take a stand for the hopes and dreams of our children through a commitment to drug prevention and education and a personal commitment to live drug free lives with the ultimate goal being the creation of drug free America. Red Ribbon Week commemorates the ultimate sacrifice made by DEA Special Agent Enrique Camarena who died at the hands of drug traffikers in Mexico in 1985 while fighting the battle against illegal drugs.
Source: Prevention First and www.imdrugfree.com