ALBUQUERQUE ― The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science invites the community to take a visible stand against drugs by celebrating Red Ribbon Week.
Red Ribbon Week raises awareness of drug use and the problems related to drugs in our community.
The Museum is inviting children of all ages to draw or write a message about the dangers of drug use. Children can also create an ofrenda (memorial display) for family members whose lives have been lost due to substance abuse. The children can work on the ofrendas at the Museum any day during Red Ribbon Week, which runs Oct. 23-31.
There is no cost to participate in this community project. The final work will be put on display in the atrium of the Museum Nov. 1-3. The public is invited to attend the Free First Sunday of the month Nov. 3 to view the written messages, art and ofrendas. The Museum will supply all materials for the project.
“The Museum is grateful to the “Lost Talent” families for the personal experiences they are sharing that are so educational, particularly for young people. And we are discovering that the families themselves find sharing their memories to be a healing experience,” said Margie Mario, executive director of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science.
The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science will also hold a lecture from 31 year veteran and retired D.E.A agent, Mike Vigil. The lecture titled” Experiences in Fighting Drug Trafficking and Terrorism” will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Oct. 24 at the Museum. Vigil is one of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s most decorated agents and a renowned international expert on drug trafficking. The cost is $8 for the public, $7 for museum members and $5 for students. Visit nmnaturalhistory.org to buy tickets to the lecture.
The Museum’s exhibit Drugs: Costs and Consequences (opening the eyes to the damage that drugs cause) will remain open till Dec. 8, 2019. The exhibit is included with Museum admission.
(History of Red Ribbon Week) Red ribbons were first worn in 1985 after a drug enforcement special agent, Enrique S. “Kiki” Camarena was killed by drug traffickers. Shortly after his death citizens began wearing red ribbons to commemorate and remember him. In 1988, the first official Red Ribbon Week celebration was created by the National Family Partnership. National Family Partnership continues to coordinate the campaign for families, schools, and communities across the nation.