On Feb. 7, 1985, Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena was kidnapped, tortured and brutally murdered by Mexican drug traffickers. After the murder of Agent Camarena citizens of his hometown of Calexico, Calif., wore red ribbons in his honor.
This marked the beginning of the oldest and most visible prevention awareness campaign in the United States. One week out of the year, the nation observes Red Ribbon Week. This anti-drug campaign provides awareness on the dangers of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs while encouraging prevention, early intervention and treatment services.
This year Red Ribbon Week is Tuesday through Oct. 31, and the theme is “The Best Me is Drug Free.” The 56th Fighter Wing Drug Demand Reduction Program’s goal is to raise awareness and reduce drug abuse in the Luke community.
The DDRP will provide anti-drug education materials, giveaways and the famous Red Badge pledging to be drug free to military members and their families outside the Luke Air Force Base Exchange. For more information, call Jennifer Deans at (623) 856-2807.