Truth About Drugs - Friends of Narconcon

Red Ribbon Week Provides Opportunity to Strengthen Anti-drug Efforts

This year Red Ribbon Week runs October 23rd through the 31st.  An annual event since it’s inception in 1985, this week provides an opportunity for schools and groups throughout the nation to participate in drug awareness activities and show their support for being drug-free.


The Red Ribbon campaign began in honor of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, who was killed while working uncover in Mexico.  Parents and youth across the U.S. began wearing red ribbons in honor of his sacrifice and in an effort to raise awareness of the destruction caused by drugs.


Creating agreement amongst teens can be very powerful and has the potential to completely change attitudes and behavior, therefore campaigns such as Red Ribbon week which strengthen their agreement to be drug-free are an integral part of any anti-drug effort.  Partnered with effective drug education and prevention programs, we can make substantial progress in steering our younger generation from substance abuse and misuse.


Your Future is Key, so Stay Drug-Free


The theme for Red Ribbon Week 2017 “Your Future is Key, so Stay Drug-Free” is a very positive message which focuses on future accomplishments.  Aligning with this message can be a number of activities that help young people find direction toward the goals they want to achieve. Through decades of working with youth we have found that setting and achieving goals is important to young people, yet they don’t realize exactly how drug and alcohol abuse affects their ability to succeed.  This factor is a key component and an entire video and lesson in the Narconon drug education curriculum.


Lessons on Achieving Goals


Our video series and evidence-based high school curriculum have often been utilized during Red Ribbon week.  The 8 session curriculum can be delivered intensively, or used throughout an entire semester of classes.  Narconon presenters are also available in many areas throughout the country for special event presentations, either in classrooms or assembly programs as part of Red Ribbon week activities.


For more information on how Narconon can help bring an effective and easy to use educational component to your Red Ribbon week activities, please give us a call at 1-800-882-6862 or visit us at