The largest drug prevention campaign in the entire U.S., it began after the death of a police officer, Enrique Camarena.
He went undercover with the Mexican police to investigate the police corruption by the drug lords. He was abducted and his tortured body was found one month later. His friends started Red Ribbon Week to try to stop the illegal trafficking of drugs and to inform the community about staying drug free.
Many people have lost their lives in the drug war, yet somehow the drugs still get into the U.S. I am thankful for those people have put their lives on the line and they will always be remembered for what they did for this country.
None the less, if teenagers want to do drugs, they will do drugs.
Making them illegal will only make teenagers want it even more. Teen-hood is the time to be rebellious because in the future they won’t be able to…at least not without harsher punishments.
Teenagers are using this time now to get it out of their systems and experience everything they possibly can to create lasting memories that will fill them in their old age.
Trying to restrict teenagers often has the opposite effect. A teenager might sign and say that they will never do drugs, but then turn around and do drugs because they can. It’s also a way for them to give authority a big slap in the face, which teenagers love to do.
Of course teenagers should be informed about the down side of doing drugs and be informed of other ways of dealing with their problems. But in the end, it is a teen’s choice to try drugs or to live a drug free life. There is no need to have an entire week set aside to try to get teenagers to not do drugs.
All photos by Angel Fisk