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October 14, 2011


25th National Red Ribbon Week Oct. 23-31: ‘It’s Up to Me to be Drug Free’

Red Ribbon Week is Oct. 23-31. Activities at Fort McCoy include displays, presentations and prescription-drug disposal. Members of the Fort McCoy community are encouraged to participate.
IMAGE: Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week is an opportunity for military and their Families, civilians, and communities to unite and take a visible stand against substance abuse.

Department of Defense (DoD) personnel have participated in the event since 1990 with the aim to reduce drug abuse among DoD members and Families.

Everyone in the Fort McCoy community is welcome to join the Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) at the following events:
Oct. 24 — Red Ribbon Week Kickoff at McCoy’s, building 1571, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Oct. 23-24 — Red Ribbon presentations at Child, Youth & School Services, building 1747.

Oct. 27 — ASAP Prevention Booth at the Fort McCoy Safety Day, building 905, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Oct. 29 — National Prescription Drug Take Back Day at the Exchange, building 1538, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. More than 7 million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Each day, approximately, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from Family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

The Red Ribbon Week observance formed when Enrique (Kiki) Camarena, a DEA Agent, was tortured and killed in Mexico Feb. 7, 1985. He was working undercover investigating a major drug cartel believed to include officers in the Mexican army, police and government.

In honor of Camarena’s memory and his battle against illegal drugs, friends and neighbors began to wear red badges of satin. Coalitions against alcohol and drugs formed and also took Camarena as their model and adopted the symbol of Camarena’s memory, the red ribbon.

The National Family Partnership organized the first Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign. Since that time, the campaign has reached millions of U.S. children and Families. The National Family Partnership and its network of individuals and organizations continue to deliver his message of hope to millions of people every year, through the National Red Ribbon Campaign.

For more information about the Red Ribbon Prevention Campaign in the Fort McCoy community, call Gail R. Zuege, Drug Test Technician for the Directorate of Human Resources ASAP, at 608-388-5955.

(Submitted by Fort McCoy Directorate of Human Resources/Army Substance Abuse Program.)

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