Each year, communities across the country and our team at TSS, commemorate Red Ribbon Week October 23 – 31st.

The mission of this annual campaign is to help kids stay drug-free, so they can be the best they can be now and into the future. Keep in mind, that research overwhelmingly shows that young people who refrain from substance use are less likely to grow into adults with substance abuse problems.

This year’s theme for Red Ribbon Week is “Be Kind to Your Mind. Live Drug Free,” as a reminder that drug use can have devastating effects on brain development in young people.

Support the week by visiting and participating in or hosting fun activities and games to inspire our youth. Or, become a virtual ambassador by taking the Red Ribbon Week pledge and posting information about staying drug-free on social media. Learn more here.

Red Ribbon Week began as a way to honor Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, a Drug Enforcement Administration agent, who was tortured and killed in Mexico in the line of duty in 1985. Friends, relatives, and neighbors of Camarena began to wear red ribbons in his memory. Parents eventually formed coalitions, using the red ribbon as a symbol of honor. Today, Red Ribbon Week is all about educating youth about the dangers of drug abuse and encouraging children to engage in drug prevention activities.

As always, TSS will partner on education initiatives with local schools during the week. Our team will also be handing out red ribbons. So come by our offices to get yours!