The Monrovia Police Department plans to celebrate Red Ribbon Week and is urging parents to talk to their children about drugs.
Red Ribbon Week is Oct. 23-31.
The following is information about the week provided by the Monrovia Police Department:
Red Ribbon Week is a national campaign to raise awareness about substance abuse among our youth and our communities. In 1985, DEA Agent Enrique, “Kiki,” Camarena was murdered by a drug cartel.
To honor his memory and to show support that we will continue the fight against illegal drugs, Monrovia Police Officers will wear red ribbons and red bracelets as part of our uniform to support the fight against illegal drugs, alcohol, and tobacco use.
Parents are the most powerful influence in a child’s life in preventing drug use, alcohol use, and other risking behavior. Talk to your children early about drugs before they become involved. Be involved in their lives, keep them occupied with activities, spend time with them, and know who their friends are.
Drug abuse can start at a very young age, so you need to know who your children are with at all times. One of the hardest things as a parent is knowing how to keep your child away from drugs and alcohol.