Red Ribbon Week draws attention to misuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs

Pulaski Mayor David Clark last week signed a proclamation recognizing Oct. 23 – 31 as Red Ribbon Week in the Town of Pulaski.

This annual observance is coordinated and supported each year by the Pulaski Community Partners Coalition (PCPC).

This year’s observance provides local residents the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to healthy, drug-free lifestyles by wearing and displaying red ribbons.

Founded in 1988 in honor of undercover Drug Enforcement Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena who was kidnapped, tortured and murdered by members of a drug gang in Mexico on Feb. 7, 1985, National Red Ribbon Week is designed to raise awareness of the dangers of the use and misuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

Substance use disorders in the U.S. prevent millions of people from reaching their full potential at school, on the job, and in their communities.

Research indicates that young people who avoid the early use of alcohol, tobacco and marijuana are less likely to engage in other harmful behaviors such as crime, delinquency and other illegal drug use.