SCOTTSBORO, Ala. - National Red Ribbon Week originated in 1985. The week was started in honor of the late Enrique Camarena, a DEA specialist murdered on assignment in Mexico. His family and community member wore red ribbons to remember him.
"Now it has kind of evolved into red ribbon week which is celebrated every third week in October. It's done in schools and it has kind of become a drug awareness week," says Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen.
The Jackson County Sheriff's Office, along with the narcotics team went around to different schools education about the dangers of drug usage.
"Probably 90% of the crimes in the United States are caused by drugs. People trying to get money for drugs or things such as that," says Chief Deputy Harnen. "And if we can go out to the young kids and keep some of them from trying it that one time, maybe we can keep them from becoming addicted and being drug users for the rest of their lives."
Chief Deputy Harnen says he wants people to remember Enrique Camarena's story and how drug abuse can also harm other people.
"We try to teach kids that they're responsible. If they become drug users, they may not be like the drug cartels; but they're somewhat responsible for the deaths of these agents and things like that that happen."