Honoring Red Ribbon Week in Tippecanoe County

Promoting a drug and alcohol-free lifestyle to Tippecanoe County students during National Red Ribbon Week. (WLFI File Photo)
Promoting a drug and alcohol-free lifestyle to Tippecanoe County students during National Red Ribbon Week. (WLFI File Photo)

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — It’s Red Ribbon Week, and it’s celebrated Oct. 23-31 every year.

The Red Ribbon Campaign is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation, reaching millions of young people during Red Ribbon Week.

Each year, the Drug-Free Coalition of Tippecanoe County celebrates locally and promotes healthy, drug-free living. In honor of Red Ribbon week, the Tippecanoe County Courthouse will be decorated with ribbons. Mayors John Dennis and Tony Roswarski will also speak to local students about living alcohol and drug-free lives.

The national campaign was started in 1985, when drug traffickers in Mexico City murdered DEA agent Kiki Camarena. It sparked a continuing tradition of wearing and displaying red ribbons as a symbol of intolerance toward drug use and toward the mission to be a drug-free America.