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Fort McCoy to observe Red Ribbon Week from Oct. 23-31

The incoming Alcohol and Drug Control Officer (ADCO) at Fort McCoy said the installation’s Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) will schedule events throughout the year to inform the installation work force about specific topics. The next two events are Red Ribbon Week, which will be observed Oct. 23-31, and National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3-D) prevention month, which will be observed in December.

Scott Zaehler, McCoy ADCO, said the goal of the Red Ribbon Week campaign is to educate members of the Fort McCoy community about the dangers of drug use and provide historical context. Zaehler began work at Fort McCoy Aug. 16 after serving 21 years on active duty with the Marine Corps.

Red Ribbon week originally was established by the National Family Partnership following the brutal murder of Drug Enforcement Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985. Camerena was killed in Mexico fighting the billion dollar illegal drug business. The Department of Defense has participated in the Red Ribbon Campaign since 1990.

This year’s theme is “Drug Free is the Key.” In support of this campaign, the Fort McCoy ASAP will provide informational displays at various installation locations. The campaign will be coordinated by Cory Zebell, the Fort McCoy Drug Demand Reduction coordinator, who is a contract employee for CMW and Associates. Zebell also is tasked with planning the 3-D Month observance in December. Zaehler said statistics show on a daily basis, an average of 36 people in the United States die, and approximately 700 more are injured, in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver.

A number of steps can be taken to help reduce those numbers. People shouldn’t drive if they are drunk or drugged, he said. If people who are drunk or drugged need to travel, they should have a designated driver, use a safe-ride program or local public transportation, such as a taxi service.

Members of the Fort McCoy Police Department and other local law enforcement departments often join in “Click-it or Ticket” campaigns, which encourage motorists to fasten their seat belts. They also are reminded to obey other traffic laws, including not drinking and driving, throughout the year.

The Fort McCoy ASAP also does the Biochemical Testing for the Drug-Free Workplace program, coordinates military drug testing, administers the Employee Assistance Program, and Risk Reduction Program, Zaehler said. For more information, contact Zaehler or the Fort McCoy ASAP at 608-388-2441/5955/2315.


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