BLUE ASH, OH (FOX19) - The Northeast Community Challenge (NECC) Coalition kicked off a community-wide effort to increase awareness of violence, bullying, alcohol, tobacco and drug on Monday morning.
The Red Ribbon Campaign Breakfast seminar, hosted by NECC, launches the campaign each October. The Campaign encourages community members to be a part of the prevention of violence and bullying, underage use of alcohol and all use of illegal drugs in local schools, work places and the community as a whole.
National Red Ribbon week has taken place October 23-31 each year since the first celebration in 1988. Red ribbons became a symbol of alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention awareness after the kidnapping, torture and murder of Drug Enforcement Agent Enrique Camarena in 1985. Camarena was murdered by drug traffickers.