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Red Ribbon Week Remembered at Central High

The Talbotton New Era of Talbotton, Georgia

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Students at Central High Elementary received a good education about drugs and drug abuse during Red Ribbon Week when Moorehouse School of Medicine and the Talbot County Sheriff's Office teamed up to make a presentation at the school.

Students were provided with information about drugs and its affects on their health, life and family and students participated in the IQ Challenge Power Point Presentation that tested their knowledge on drugs and drug abuse.

National Red Ribbon Celebration, since its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. In response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, angered parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction cause by drugs in America.

Enrique (Kiki) S. Camarena was born on July 26, 1947 in Mexicali, Mexico. He graduated from Calexico High School in Calexico, California in 1966, and in 1968 he joined the U.S. Marine Corps. After serving in the Marine Corps for two years, he joined the Calexico Police

Department as a Criminal Investigator in 1970. In May of 1973, Kiki started working as a Narcotics Investigator with the El Centro Police Department.

He stayed with the El Centro RD. until June 28, 1974 when he joined the Drug Enforcement

Administration (DEA). His first assignment as a Special Agent with DEA was in a familiar place — Calexico, California.

In 1977, after three years in Calexico, he was reassigned to the Fresno District Office in Northern California. Four years later, Kiki received transfer orders to Mexico, where he would work out of the Guadalajara Resident Office. For four and one-half years in Mexico, Kiki remained on the trail of the country's biggest marijuana and cocaine traffickers.

And in early 1985, he was extremely close to unlocking a multi-billion dollar drug pipeline. However, before he was able to expose the drug trafficking operations to the public, he was kidnapped on Feb. 7, 1985; the 37-year-old Camarena left his office to meet his wife for lunch.

Five men appeared at the agent's side and shoved him in a car. That was the last time anyone but his kidnappers would see him alive. One month later, Camarena's body was found. He had been tortured to death.

IN RECENT YEARS

Monitoring the Future, the

NIDA-funded annual survey of drug, alcohol, and tobacco use in 8th-10th-, and 12th-grade students, has shown persistently high rates of marijuana and nonmedical prescription drug use in our Nation's teens. More information on the Monitoring the Future survey can be found at: www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statistics/monitoring-future, or https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statistics/monitoring-future.

Also one of the most commonly asked questions that was answered for the students is, "Is alcohol a drug?"

In recent years, Monitoring the Future, the NIDA-funded annual survey of drug, alcohol, and tobacco use in 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students, has shown persistently high rates of marijuana and nonmedical prescription drug use in our Nation's teens.

More information on the Monitoring the Future survey can be found at: www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statisties/monitoring-future or https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trerids-statistics/monitoring-future.



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Original Publication Date: November 5, 2015



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