Five Questions

Alphia Dunbar is the director of prevention services at the Aiken Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Services, which will join other agencies across the country to celebrate National Red Ribbon Week.


1. What is Red Ribbon Week?

Red Ribbon Week is a campaign that encourages a drug-free lifestyle and involvement in drug-prevention efforts and promotes the belief that one person can make a difference.

2. When was it established?

Red Ribbon Week was established by Congress in 1988 to honor the work of Enrique Camarena, a Drug Enforcement Administration agent who was killed in the line of duty.

3. When is Red Ribbon Week?

Red Ribbon Week runs from Oct. 23 to Oct. 31.

4. How do people show their support for Red Ribbon Week?

A red ribbon is worn or displayed by millions of Americans in an act of unity. It's a symbol of zero tolerance for illegal drug use and a commitment to drug abuse prevention.

5. How can individuals and groups get involved?

For more information about Red Ribbon Week, call Ms. Dunbar ar (803) 649-1900 or e-mail her at