National Red Ribbon Campaign

Red Ribbon Campaign History

The Red Ribbon Campaign was formed in 1985 when Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Agent, Erique Kiki Camarena, was violently murdered by drug traffickers in Mexico City, Mexico.

Following the tragic loss off Agent Camarena, enraged parents and youth worldwide began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol and reminder of the death and destruction caused by drugs in America. Thus, the Red Ribbon became a symbol of the fight to reduce the damage caused by illegal drugs everywhere.

The first National Red Ribbon Celebration took place in 1988 and continues to occur annually. Each year, in the last week of October, more than 80 million people take part in Red Ribbon Week and show their commitment to a healthy, drug-free lifestyle by wearing or displaying a red ribbon.

Red Ribbon Week in Delaware County

The DCPC participates in Red Ribbon Week each year, and will be doing so again this year with the Red Ribbon Breakfast!