LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of Deep East Texas is recognizing Red Ribbon Week.
Red Ribbon Week started back in 1986 after a DEA agent was killed during an undercover operation that led to the discovery of a multi-million dollar narcotics manufacturing on the Mexico border by California.
Organizations now spread the message of bring alcohol, tobacco and drug free through the ribbons to create better communities.
“We promote that message. We want to be a unified front to our community to show our youth and our children that we support them in making good decisions to grow up be healthy, be productive citizens and be alcohol, tobacco and drug free,” said Melanie Patterson, a manager at ADAC of Deep East Texas.
Thousands of red ribbons have been passed out to students at multiple school districts in the area.
The ribbons represent a promise to be drug free.