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Students Wear Red to Raise Awareness On Dangers of Drugs

By Lindsay Raychel.
Tioga County Council and Owego High School students are partnering together this week to celebrate National Red Ribbon week.

The National Family Partnership (NFP) organized the first nationwide Red Ribbon campaign in 1985 in response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena. Camarena was kidnapped, tortured and murdered by a drug lord in Mexico.

People across the country began wearing red ribbons to show support and commitment to raise awareness of the destruction and death caused by drugs in America.

The Tioga County Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, Inc. (TCCASA) announced their partnership in the National Red Ribbon Week on Friday.

Wednesday, Owego High School students are wearing red to show support on educating the youth and encouraging participation in drug prevention activities. The Mayor of Owego will be presenting the school with a proclamation and the homeroom with the most number of students wearing red will win a pizza party.