Drug Enforcement Administration

St. Louis

William J. Callahan, Special Agent in Charge

October 09, 2014

Contact: SA John Leonard

Phone Number: 314-538-4600

St. Louis DEA Invites Community To Celebrate Red Ribbon Week

ST.LOUIS - The Drug Enforcement Administration St. Louis Field Division invites the 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, and encourages parents, educators, business owners, and other community organizations to promote drug-free lifestyles.

“Red Ribbon Week encourages our entire community to adopt healthy, drug-free lifestyles,” said DEA St. Louis Special Agent in Charge James Shroba. “The campaign brings together parents, schools, and businesses as we look for innovative ways to keep kids and communities drug free.”

The red ribbon symbolizes a continuing commitment to reducing the demand for illicit drugs in our communities. In 1985, Drug Enforcement (DEA) Special Agent Enrique S. "Kiki" Camarena was killed by drug traffickers. Shortly after Camarena's death, citizens from his hometown of Calexico, California, began wearing red ribbons to remember him and commemorate his sacrifice. Congress established Red Ribbon Week in 1988.

“Red Ribbon Week gives us the opportunity to be vocal and visible in our efforts to achieve a drug-free community,” Shroba said. “Research shows that children are less likely to use alcohol and other drugs when parents and other role models are clear and consistent in their opposition to substance use and abuse.”

Visit www.getsmartaboutdrugs.com or www.dea.gov for more information about Red Ribbon Week. In addition, the DEA Demand Reduction Staff can also provide materials and information at 202-307-7936.

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