Douglas County annually celebrates Red Ribbon Week to highlight drug
prevention education activities and the dangers of drugs and alcohol,
and this year has proclaimed it to be Oct. 23 to 31.
The Douglas County observance is in line with others Nationwide during the same week in an united effort to stem drug and alcohol use, particularly among youth. The Douglas County effort is organized by Cobb and Douglas Public Health, CORE, and their participating partners, and will be highlighted by the 13th annual Power in Truth Conference on Oct. 29 where youth can be educated about tobacco use, substance abuse, and underage drinking. The Power in Truth Conference has free admission and is open to any youth.
Red Ribbon Week began after the kidnapping, torture and murder of DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985. Camarena had been working undercover in Mexico for four years and his efforts led to a tip that resulted in the discovery of a multimillion dollar narcotics manufacturing operation. The successful eradication of this and other drug production operations angered leaders of several drug cartels who sought revenge. As a result, they murdered key informants and Camarena. After the men were found murdered, citizens in Camarena’s hometown in Calexio, California, donned red ribbons in his honor and the red ribbon has become the symbol of anti-drug programs.Residents throughout Douglas County will wear red ribbons during the week to show their commitment to a drug-free lifestyle.