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ethansternadel

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Schools around the country are celebrating Red Ribbon Week, one of the oldest and largest drug prevention programs in the nation. But how did this program begin?

The following is a brief history on how Red Ribbon Week began.


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On Feb. 7, 1985, Camarena, who was 37, went to meet his wife for lunch, but he never made it. As he left the office, five men shoved him into a car. He was then tortured and killed.

Following Camarena's death, congressman Duncan Hunter and Henry Lozano started "Camarena Clubs" in Camarena's hometown of Imperial Valley, Calif. The purpose of the club was to educate the public about drugs and urge them to live drug-free lives on behalf of Camarena's sacrifice.