Red Ribbon Week Celebration

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  • By Allison McQueen
  • 4th Medical Operations Squadron
The Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Demand Reduction Program Office invites the base community to take a visible stand against drugs by celebrating Red Ribbon Week from October 23-31.

Red Ribbon Week raises awareness of drug use and the problems related to drugs facing our community. The program encourages Airmen, parents, educators and community members to promote drug-free lifestyles. This year's celebration will include activities on base for all age groups.

"Red Ribbon Week encourages our entire community to adopt healthy, drug-free lifestyles," said Allison McQueen, Demand Reduction Program Manager. "The campaign is just another way we can focus on keeping our base community drug free."

The red ribbon symbolizes a continuing commitment to reducing the demand for illicit drugs in our community. It is also a great way to help our youth focus on smart choices. The use of the red ribbon was established in 1988 to remember Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena, who was killed by drug traffickers in 1985.

"Research shows that children are less likely to use drugs and alcohol when parents and base role models are clear and consistent with their smart choices and drug-free messages," McQueen said.
For details on the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Demand Reduction Program or Red Ribbon Week contact, the Demand Reduction Program Office at 919-722-0201.