Utah's first lady Colleen Bangerter will wield scissors Monday, Oct. 23, at 9:30 a.m. in Eagle Gate Plaza to kick off Red Ribbon Week, sponsored by the Federation for Drug-Free Youth. Special guests include Sheriff Pete Hayward and Commissioner Mike Stewart.
The red ribbon became a symbol of opposition to drug trafficking when Federal Agent Enrique Camarena was murdered by drug thugs in 1985. The National Federation has assumed leadership role in promoting Red Ribbon Week nationwide.T-shirts and sweatshirts sport the theme "It's Hot to Not." Activities include a celebrity football game Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Highland High School. Jim Fassel, University of Utah, and Lavell Edwards, Brigham Young University, will coach businessmen, media representatives and politicians including Gov. Norm Bangerter.
Tuesday, Oct. 24, at at 6:30 p.m., Roy High School will be the site of a workshop on "Anabolic Steroids," presented by Dr. Michael Gray, director of the National Youth Sports Research and Development Center.
Thursday, Oct. 26, Dr. Robert DuPont will speak on "Getting Tough on Drugs - a Guide for the Family." The practicing psychiatrist and clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical Center will speak at Highland High School.
Thursday will also kick off the Universities Awareness Run. Instigated by the University of Utah, the run will involve 11 colleges and universities statewide running the state from border to border.
Schools and communities throughout the state are scheduling their own activities. The week offers parents a chance to talk to children about substance abuse and to get people involved in positive activities.