Fort McCoy News October 25, 2013

Red Ribbon Week continues through Oct. 31

Red Ribbon Week runs through Oct. 31. Activities at Fort McCoy, which will highlight the theme "A Healthy Me is Drug Free!," are being sponsored by the Fort McCoy Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) and the Army Center for Substance Abuse Program.

A Red Ribbon Week Campaign kicked off earlier this week at McCoy's, building 1571. Information handouts will be available through Oct. 31.

A Red Ribbon pledge campaign for students and parents will be part of the 2013 Red Ribbon celebration.

Pledges will be available online on the Fort McCoy Corporate Network (FMCN), the Fort McCoy Extranet or at the Child, Youth and School Services, building 1751, throughout the week.

The Red Ribbon Week campaign is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country and reaches millions of young people. The prevention campaign encourages students to say "NO" to drugs!

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will be held Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Local organizations participating in the event include: the Sparta Police Department, 121 E. Oak St.; the Tomah Police Department, 805 Superior Ave.; and the Monroe County Sheriff's Department, Solid Waste Management, 20448 Junco Rd. For a listing of other locations, visit the website or call 1-800-882-9539.

The Red Ribbon Campaign began when drug traffickers in Mexico City murdered DEA Agent Kiki Camarena on Feb. 7, 1985. His tragic and untimely death opened Americans to the danger of drugs and the scope of the international drug trade. Ribbon Week emerged as a reminder of the dangers involving drugs.

The annual tradition of displaying Red Ribbons, which celebrates a symbol of intolerance toward the use of drugs, began in LaMirada and Norwalk, Calif. In 1988, the National Family Partnership coordinated the first Red Ribbon Week Campaign.

In 1990, the Department of Defense joined in the national effort by starting an award program to encourage service members to keep communities drug-free and to recognize outstanding outreach programs.

The mission of the Red Ribbon Campaign is to present a unified and visible commitment toward the creation of a drug-free America. Healthy alternatives to drug abuse include participating in sports, Family and social activities that can create a path to be "Healthy and Drug Free!"

Students and parents need to know where to go for professional help if they develop a problem with drugs.

Local clinics, hospitals, law enforcement and behavioral health professionals are available 24/7 for assistance.

Watch for weekly Red Ribbon updates on the FMCN.

For more information about Red Ribbon activities/events at Fort McCoy, members of the McCoy community can contact Gail R. Zuege, Drug Test Coordinator with the Fort McCoy ASAP, 1344 S. 11th Avenue at 608-388-5955.

Websites that have related Red Ribbon Week/drug prevention information include:;;; and

Additional information is available on the Army Center for Substance Abuse Program website at

 (Submitted by the Fort McCoy ASAP office.)