Schools, organizations and individuals across the nation are celebrating Red Ribbon Week and encouraging children to stay drug-free.

The National Red Ribbon Campaign, sponsored by the National Family Partnership, began in 1985 in response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena by drug traffickers. Americans of all ages began wearing red ribbons in honor of Camarena and in support of drug awareness.

Today, the Red Ribbon Campaign encourages schools and communities to participate in drug prevention activities. Here are a few ways the campaign suggests celebrating Red Ribbon Week:

  • Find creative ways to communicate the meaning behind this year’s theme, “Your Future Is Key, So Stay Drug Free;”
  • Sign the Red Ribbon Pledge;
  • Use the campaign’s curriculum ideas in classrooms or to start a discussion with your children at home;
  • Enter the Red Ribbon photo contest to win an iPad or $1,000 for your child’s school;
  • Share your support on Facebook or Twitter using #RedRibbonWeek; and
  • Send in your ideas to the 2018 Red Ribbon Theme Contest.

As we fight the national opioid epidemic, it is more important than ever that we work together to drive the message of staying drug-free to Hoosier kids so they can grow up safe and healthy.

Click here to learn more about the Red Ribbon Campaign and this year’s theme.