The U.S. Postal Service revealed the new "Drug Free USA
Forever” stamp yesterday in conjunction with Red Ribbon Week, the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention program taking place each year from October 23 through 31.
Earlier this year, the National Family Partnership and Drug Enforcement Administration submitted a joint letter to the U.S.Postal Service’s Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee, to propose a stamp to raise national awareness about the dangers of drug misuse.
“We are delighted that the U.S. Postal Service is committed to supporting our efforts to promote drug prevention, education and awareness,” said Peggy B. Sapp, President and CEO of Informed Families and the National Family Partnership. “We all must continue to play our unique roles in spreading the word to communities about how individuals can make healthy choices.”
The Drug Free USA Forever stamp features a white star with lines of red, light blue, and blue radiating from one side of each of the star’s five points, suggesting the unity necessary at all levels to effectively address drug use. The stamp will go on sale in October 2020.
"The Postal Service is glad to do its part in marking Red Ribbon Week, and renewing our
commitment to helping these efforts to educate youth about the dangers of illegal drugs,”
said Robert M. Duncan, chairman of the USPS Board of Governors.
The Red Ribbon became a symbol for drug prevention in 1985, in response to the murder of DEA
Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena. Informed Families started the first county-wide Red
Ribbon campaign in 1986. In 1988, NFP sponsored the first National Red Ribbon Week®
celebration. Today, the Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth
and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. Since that time, the campaign has
reached millions of U.S. children and families.