Red Ribbon Campaign

As a member of the Nashua Prevention Coalition, I would like to bring to awareness the National Red Ribbon Campaign, celebrating its 33rd year from Oct. 23-31. It is dedicated to the commitment to drug prevention, by providing a clear and concise message.

Red Ribbon Week was started when drug traffickers in Mexico City murdered DEA agent Kiki Camarena in 1985. This began the continuing tradition of displaying and wearing red ribbons as a symbol of intolerance toward the use of drugs. The mission of this national campaign is to present a unified and visible commitment in the fight against substance abuse.

There will be programs in our schools and within our spiritual communities. Students and their parents receive clear, positive options that just might begin to curb the drug crisis in our nation.

I brought the Red Ribbon Campaign to Nashua in 1986. I feel it is an important part of the process in helping our young people deepen their awareness regarding bad decisions, poor mentoring and peer relationships. It also is a visible symbol to our youth that we, as a community, care about them.

This national opioid epidemic will never be won on a national level; it can only be won by giving one student at a time the tools and information they need to live a drug-free healthy life.