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OPSO Young Marines mark Red Ribbon Week with Red Ribbon Fair Friday


October 23-31 is Red Ribbon Week, a time set aside by the Young Marines youth organization to encourage young people to lead positive, drug-free lifestyles.

To observe Red Ribbon Week, the OPSO Young Marines Program is hosting a Red Ribbon Fair on Friday, Oct. 27, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Orleans Justice Center, 2nd Floor. In addition to the OPSO Young Marines, the fair will feature Young Marines units from Jefferson and St. Bernard parishes. Other attendees include representatives from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, the OPSO Day Reporting Center and the Louisiana National Guard Counterdrug Task Force.

Dr. Corey J. Hebert, medical editor at WDSU-TV, is the guest speaker. Fitness trainer Terry Dixon will conduct a 30-minute workout session. OPSO employees, their family members and friends are invited to attend the fair. Refreshments will be served.

According to the Young Marines, "Red Ribbon Week began after the kidnapping, torture and murder of DEA agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena in 1985. Camarena, a former Marine, worked against traffickers bringing illegal drugs into the United States. In his memory, citizens of his hometown of Calexico, California donned red ribbons in his honor; the red ribbon became a symbol for prevention in order to reduce the demand for illegal drugs."

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