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10/18/05

Red Ribbon Week

Ekayshia Brooks' winning poster. Ekayshia Brooks' winning poster.

Are you seeing lots of red ribbons around? You will. It's Red Ribbon Week, a reminder and special effort to keep kids drug free. The Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual luncheon supporting the effort with guest speakers talking about problems and recovery programs.

Crack cocaine is the biggest problem in our area right now. But crystal meth is spreading.

Red Ribbon Week started two decades ago after one man, Enrique Camarena, paid the ultimate price fighting in the war on drugs.

"A gentleman DEA agent who died 20 years ago, in the line of duty, his family started the movement as a symbol of drug awareness and how devastating drug use can be," noted Mike Cunningham of the Recovery Place.

They also announced the winners of the Red Ribbon Week poster contest. Ekayshia Brooks from East Broad Elementary School took top honors.

Reported by: Kim Angelastro, kangelastro@wtoc.com

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