Each year in October, the Elks honor the memory of slain DEA Special Agent Enrique Camerena with a Red Ribbon Campaign. Special Agent Camerena was kidnapped, tortured and killed because he was successfully investigating one of the largest drug trafficking organizations in Mexico.
As the largest volunteer drug awareness program in the United States, the Elks National Drug Awareness Program relies on state, district and lodge volunteers to promote a drug-free lifestyle through education and inspiration.
Since 1982, the Elks have developed an effective, community-based drug prevention program by partnering with federal agencies including the Drug Enforcement Agency, Office of National Drug Control Policy, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and national organizations such as Pride Youth Programs.
For more information on the Deming Elks Lodge Drug Awareness Program, contact Chairman Anna Jean Armijo at 546-2799.