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Nelson Celebrates Red Ribbon Month, Encourages Students to 'Stay Drug Free'

(Hagåtña, Guam) – Vice Speaker Telena Cruz Nelson joined the Guam National Guard, local and federal law enforcers, and members of the Red Ribbon Campaign Committee on Tuesday to highlight the island’s fight against substance abuse at Untalan Middle School.

Nelson presented Resolution 211-35: “Relative to recognizing the members of the 2019 Red Ribbon Campaign Committee for their community initiatives against drug, tobacco, and alcohol abuse on the occasion of “Red Ribbon Month” during the month of October 2019.”

The inception of Red Ribbon Month came in 1985 after the kidnapping, torture and murder of Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena by drug cartels. In response, friends and neighbors of Camarena, and eventually communities across the United States, began wearing red ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raising awareness of the killing and destruction caused by drugs. The 2019 National Red Ribbon Week theme is “Send a Message. Stay Drug Free,” and will be celebrated from Oct. 23 to 31, 2019.

“Kiki Camarena dedicated his life to fighting drugs and our island community will not let his death be in vain,” said Vice Speaker Telena Nelson. “Our island is no stranger to the life-altering effects that substance abuse has on our families. It remains our community’s collective responsibility to continue Kiki’s fight against drugs. We stand with our nation and our island in spreading the message to stay drug free.”

Nelson extended her gratitude to the Red Ribbon Campaign Committee, Guam Department of Education, Untalan Middle School Principal Agnes Guerrero, and the school’s students, faculty and staff. She congratulated the Wildcats on winning the Red Ribbon Campaign Committee’s video contest for their fourth consecutive year.

“Our students at Untalan Middle School put together an inspiring video and message that captured why it’s so important for youth to stay in school and drug free,” Nelson added. “It’s equally important for older members of our community to come together and join us in spreading this message. Raising healthy future island leaders and an island community free of drugs begins with you and me.”

For more information, contact Tihu Lujan at The Office of Vice Speaker

Telena Cruz Nelson at (671) 989-7696 or


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