County says ‘No’ to drugs, alcohol with Red Ribbon event on Oct. 18

@TheSunGazette

VISALIA – The effects of drug addiction and alcohol abuse scar families. Without treatment the wounds of substance abuse can run for generations. That is what it so important to stop the harm caused by drugs and alcohol by gathering as much awareness as possible.

And this month the Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency and the Tulare County Office of Education are taking a stand against alcohol and drugs during Red Ribbon Week by hosting the 8th Annual Red Ribbon Week Celebration on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at the Visalia Convention Center, 303 E. Acequia St. in Visalia.

Beginning at 3 p.m., students and their families are invited to attend the free event, which features live entertainment, information booths, games, family and student-oriented activities, and more.

It is a free event for students and parents and commemorates Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent Enrique S. “Kiki” Camarena who served in the military, became a police officer, then an undercover agent with the DEA in Mexico investigating drug cartels, where he was murdered. Camarena declared, “I am only one person, but I want to make a difference.”

Red Ribbon Week promotes a healthy, drug free lifestyle and is a collaboration of community partners including the County of Tulare, The Tulare County Office of Education, the Tule River Tribe, Family Health Care Network, ProYouth, and others.

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