Red Ribbon Week, which is celebrated annually October 23-31, is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention awareness program. It was started after the death of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, who in 1985 was brutally tortured and murdered by drug traffickers he was investigating in Mexico. As a tribute to SA Camarena, friends and neighbors began wearing red badges of satin. Coalitions, made up of groups of people who were tired of the devastation drugs and alcohol were causing, began forming to embrace Special Agent Camarena’s belief that one person can make a difference in…

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