National Red Ribbon Week for 2022 will be observed Oct. 23-31 in the United States.

The theme of this year’s Red Ribbon Week is to “Celebrate Life. Drug Free.” The theme is a reminder that everyday Americans across the country make significant daily contributions to their communities by being the best they can be because they live drug-free!

In hopes to spread drug awareness around the world, the mission of Red Ribbon Week is to lead and support the nation’s families and communities in nurturing the full potential of healthy, drug-free youth.

Fort McCoy officials invite the community to take a visible stand against drugs by celebrating Red Ribbon Week from Oct. 23-31.

The Fort McCoy Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) Office is supporting the Fort McCoy Kids Pumpkin Fest on Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. tp 2 p.m. at the South Post Housing Community Center.

Today, millions of people celebrate Red Ribbon Week by wearing red ribbons, raising awareness of drug use and the problems related to drugs facing their communities, and encourages parents, educators, business owners, and other community organizations to promote drug-free lifestyles.

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, Calif., 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.

Red Ribbon Week gives everyone the opportunity to be vocal and visible in our efforts to achieve a drug-free community.

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.”

Visit for more information about Red Ribbon Week.

Also here’s some additional tips:

— Be the change! You affect other people, even if you don’t think you do.

— Educate, most teens do not use drugs and alcohol. By standing up to pressure, you can strengthen yourself, influence your friends, and strengthen your community.

— Talk to your children, it’s a time to raise awareness and help prevent drug and alcohol abuse. Did you know parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42 percent less likely to use drugs than those who don’t?

Contact the Fort McCoy ASAP team with any questions or for more assistance on how to talk to your children about making good choices and the dangers of drug use.

(Article submitted by Sgt. 1st Class Gordon Bruenning and the Fort McCoy Army Substance Abuse Program Office.)