October is Red Ribbon Month. The department will help kick off the start of Red Ribbon Week/Month at the beginning of October. Red Ribbon Week is used as an opportunity to teach students about the dangers of drugs and to encourage healthy choices. In 1985, drug traffickers in Mexico killed Drug Enforcement Undercover Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena Salazar. Angered by his death and the damaging effects of drugs on our culture, people of Camarena’s hometown of Calexico, California, began wearing red ribbons in his honor. The trend spread and in 1988 Congress proclaimed the last full week of October as Red Ribbon Week.