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    Free Red Ribbon Week Event: “The Power and Impact of Opioids” at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum October 22, 2019

    Join us as we kick off Red Ribbon Week on October 22, 2019, at the Ronald Reagan Library and Museum, by learning how to detect and prevent opioid abuse in your community. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is partnering with the Simi Valley Police Department, Simi Valley Police Foundation, and Ronald Reagan Presidential Library to host this free event titled, “The Power and Impact of Opioids.” The event will feature presentations by skilled, motivational speakers with real-life experience and stories of the consequences of drug abuse.

    The impact of opioid abuse is a compelling and urgent topic; therefore, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Headquarters personnel will be speaking at this event. Attendees can expect to learn about the alarming trends of prescription drug and opioid abuse. This is not an event you want to miss!

    This FAMILY-FRIENDLY FREE event is open to the public and will also feature presentations from these impactful speakers:

    • Judge Enrique Camarena Jr., son of fallen DEA Special Agent Kiki Camarena, whose death led to the creation of the Red Ribbon program. DEA Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena was kidnapped, tortured and murdered for his work in the fight against illegal drugs.

    • Becky Savage, president of 525 Foundation, shares her deeply personal story of turning grief into action after losing two sons to accidental opioid overdoses in the same night.

    • Brandon Novak is a skateboarder from the renowned Powell-Peralta team, an MTV celebrity (Viva La Bam, Bam’s Unholy Union), an alumnus of the Jackass motion picture series, a star of the legendary CKY skateboard video series, and author of his Best Seller addiction memoir Dreamseller. Novak travels the world for Banyan Treatment Center as an addiction/recovery public speaker, in an effort to raise awareness and help addicts find the treatment they need.

    We are pleased that the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum has offered to partner in this event by providing the perfect venue for this serious discussion. Families are welcome to attend this free event and participate in this important conversation. Each audience member will be given the opportunity to provide a written question to the event moderator, so that the question may be addressed by the keynote speakers.

    What is Red Ribbon Week?

    Red Ribbon week, which is celebrated annually October 23-31, is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention awareness program. The National Family Partnership started Red Ribbon Week after the death of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, who was brutally tortured and murdered in 1985 by drug traffickers he was investigating in Mexico. After his death, people started wearing red ribbons to honor Kiki’s sacrifice.

    Today, millions of people celebrate Red Ribbon Week by wearing red ribbons, participating in community anti-drug events, and pledging to live drug-free lives.

    Event Location:

    Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Presidential Learning Center
    40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, CA 93065

    Additional Details:

    Please reserve your tickets today at:

    Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Light refreshments served.

    Program from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

    Due to popular demand for tickets, seating is limited. First 500 to register receive a DEA commemorative coin.

    We hope to see you there!

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