Martin High School celebrates Red Ribbon Week

LAREDO,Texas(KGNS)- As the opioid crisis continues to rise it's important that our youth is made aware of the dangers of drug abuse.

For the last 30 years, millions of Americans have fashioned a red ribbon to honor a man who devoted his life to prevent drugs from entering our country.

Back on February 7, 1985, DEA special agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena was kidnapped by drug traffickers, tortured, and eventually killed. To honor his memory and his mission Red Ribbon Week was started as a way to educate youth and create participation in drug prevention.

Thursday morning’s proclamation wasn't only aimed at declaring Red Ribbon Week, but also an opportunity for community leaders to speak to students at Martin High School.

Red Ribbon Week is celebrated from October 23rd to October 31st.