Health dept. cel­e­brates Red Rib­bon Week

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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

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