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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/22/2006
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
OBNDD SPOKESMAN MARK WOODWARD
(405) 521-2885 OR (800) 522-8031




OKLAHOMANS TO OBSERVE RED RIBBON WEEK

Schools around our state will be taking time out over the next 9 days to observe and participate in Red Ribbon Week activities. Mark Woodward, Spokesman for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, says it's a time for Oklahomans to honor those who've died because of drugs and the violence associated with substance abuse.

"Red Ribbon Week was started by the family of DEA Agent Kiki Camarena who was murdered in 1985 by drug traffickers in Mexico City. They wanted to begin a tradition of honoring Camarena's sacrifice, as well as use Red Ribbon Week as a means of focusing on the dangers and violence associated with substance abuse."

---Mark Woodward, OBN Spokesman

Red Ribbon Week runs October 23rd through October 31st, 2006. Woodward says many schools around Oklahoma will be participating in various Red Ribbon Week activities, including assemblies and classroom curriculum emphasizing the dangers of drugs.