Origin and Importance of Red Ribbon Week

Imran Ahmed, Web Editor

Every year around the 2nd to 3rd week in October, schools around the nation come together to take part in Red Ribbon Week. This is a week in which people wear red to say no to drugs and alcohol. The story how Red Ribbon Week is fascinating and has led to one of the most significant anti-drug promotions in the nation. Kiki Camarena grew up in a dirt-floored house with hopes and dreams of making a difference.

Camarena studied hard in college eventually serving in the Marines and became a police officer and later deciding to be an officer of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, His mother tried to talk him out it but he realized it was his future other tried

The DEA sent Camarena to work undercover to investigate a major drug cartel believed to include officers in the Mexican army, police and government. On Feb. 7, 1985, the 37-year-old Camarena left his office to meet his wife for lunch. Five men appeared at the agent’s side and shoved him in a car. One month later, Kiki’s body was found dead lying by a dumpster
            After his death in 1985, friends and family joined and had a ceremony to celebrate Kiki’s life where they eventually came up with the idea to dedicate Red Ribbons to dedicate a fight to stay away from drugs and alcohol. Today throughout the country schools nationwide celebrate Red Ribbon Week to say no to drugs.