Health dept. celebrates Red Ribbon Week
CENTREVILLE — The Queen Anne’s County Department of Health requests the citizens of Queen Anne’s County to join Health OfficeDr. Joseph Ciotola, along with the Queen Anne’s County Department of Health’s Cigarette Restitution Fund Program, Drug and Alcohol Prevention Services and Queen Anne’s County Wellness Coalition in celebrating Red Ribbon Week Oct. 23-31.
The Health Department recognizes Red Ribbon Week as an opportunity to promote healthy, drugfree lifestyles and encouraging youth to be drug-free. Statistics show an alarming number of teenagers today will use alcohol or marijuana before leaving high school. “This campaign provides communities with a forum to bring together parents, schools and businesses as we look for new and innovative ways to keep youth drug free,” according to Health Dept. officials.
The first Red Ribbon Celebration was organized in 1986 by a grassroots organization of parents concerned about the destruction caused by alcohol and drug abuse. The red ribbon was adopted as a symbol of the movement in honor of Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, an agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration who was kidnapped, tortured and killed