The Criminal Justice Program at the Burlington Technical Center invites you 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. This year’s celebration kicked off October 19th with a PSA produced by BTC’s Criminal Justice student Kyle Easton.  This video was has been tweeted by DEA New England @ https://twitter.com/DEANEWENGLAND/status/1185694479715651585 .

Activities scheduled throughout the week include CJ students visiting their sending schools to spread the message to stay drug free and another PSA created by our CJ students addressing the dangers of abusing prescription medication.

In 1985, Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Enrique S. “Kiki” Camarena was killed by drug traffickers. Shortly after his death, citizens from his hometown of Calexico, California, began wearing red ribbons to remember him and commemorate his sacrifice.

The first official Red Ribbon Week celebration was created by the National Family Partnership (NFP) in 1988. NFP continues to coordinate the campaign for families, schools and communities across the nation each year. Since then, the red ribbon has symbolized a continuing commitment to reducing the demand for illicit drugs in our communities.

“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 drug use and the misuse of prescription drugs.”

For more information, help us and the DEA spread this year’s message of “SEND A MESSAGE. STAY DRUG FREE” and Visit GetSmartAboutDrugs.com for more information about Red Ribbon Week.

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