Red Ribbon Week

RAPID CITY, S.D. – An increasing number of people are dying from drug overdoses every year.

The Drug Enforcement Agency wants to reverse that trend by educating young people about the dangers of drugs – even legal ones.

The DEA has kicked off Red Ribbon Week in Rapid City and across the state and nation to discuss ways to fight this growing epidemic. Cricket Palmer with the Rushmore Noon Optimist Club’s Red Ribbon Committee offered some background.

“Red Ribbon Week started back in 1985 when Kiki Camarena, who is a DEA agent, was captured and was killed by the Mexican drug cartel.”

Palmer says some 10,000 started Red Ribbon Week by promising to be drug-free as kids and adults.

Around here, a red ribbon was tied around the dinosaur up on the hill as well as the statues of presidents around downtown.

“We had a little ceremony up here at Dinosaur Hill,” said Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender, “putting the ribbon on the dinosaur and kind of celebrating a drug-free lifestyle with all of the school kids and have a nice little event.”

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