Red Ribbon week was initially started to honor of the memory of:
All former FBI agents
Federal Prohibition Agent Charles A. Wood
DEA Agent Enrique Camarena
Camarena was kidnapped and murdered while on assignment in Mexico.
The Drug Enforcement Administration teamed up with lawmakers to start the first national Red Ribbon Week Celebration.
The National Family Partnership coordinated the first National Red Ribbon Week with President and Mrs. Reagan serving as honorary Chairpersons. Since then, the Red Ribbon campaign has taken on national significance, and NFP continues to coordinate the campaign for families, schools and communities across the nation each year.
During Red Ribbon Week
Communities plan health programs
Schools are closed in certain states
Students across the country pledge to be drug free
The teen years are often a time to explore and learn more about themselves as they approach adulthood. Often, this involves experimenting and testing their boundaries. The desire to do something new or risky is a normal part of teen development.