Red Ribbon Week held Oct. 23-31

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Submit your Red Ribbon Week contest entries by Nov. 2.The National Family Partnership and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) will host a national contest for the 27th annual Red Ribbon Week held Oct. 23-31. Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign reaching more than 80 million people nationwide.

The program was founded in 1985 after the murder of a DEA agent Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena. Following the murder, parents, youth and teachers in communities across the country began wearing red ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the destruction caused by drugs. This year, families can get involved by entering a contest to promote awareness in their neighborhoods and win a $1,000 drug prevention grant for their schools and iPad for their home.

To participate, families and students must decorate the front of their homes, doors, mailboxes, fences, etc. with this year’s message: “The Best Me Is Drug Free.” Take a photo of the decoration and then parents must upload the photo to or by Nov. 2.

Voting is Nov. 2-16. Ten winners will be selected to win across the United States. Winners will be announced in December. For more information or to vote, visit

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