The National Red Ribbon Week drug prevention campaign will be launched Saturday in Costa Mesa, with hopes of persuading children and adults across the country to symbolize their anti-drug stance by wearing red ribbons for the week beginning Oct. 23.
The campaign’s debut, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at the Red Lion Inn, will include a release of balloons from a garbage truck emblazoned with the message “Drugs Are Garbage.” The theme of the campaign is: “The Choice for Me, Drug Free.”
The Red Ribbon campaign is sponsored by the National Federation of Parents for Drug-Free Youth and Californians for Drug-Free Youth. The honorary national chairman is President Reagan and the state chairman is Gov. George Deukmejian.
One of the group’s main goals is to oppose the concept of legalizing drugs. In a statement, the group said: “Our children need positive role models and healthy life-style choices. Legalization is a shameful alternative posed by those who no longer feel responsible to guide our children toward adulthood.”