NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Red ribbons promoting a drug-free lifestyle are coming to New Providence again this year. Mayor Al Morgan read a proclamation to recognize the National Red Ribbon Campaign at the Tuesday, Oct. 10 council meeting.

“Alcohol and drug abuse in this Nation have reached epidemic stages. It is imperative that visible, unified prevention education efforts by community members be launched to eliminate the demand for drugs,” Morgan said.  The National Red Ribbon Campaign gives residents the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to drug-free lifestyles which includes - no use of illegal drugs and no illegal use of legal drugs.

Red Ribbon Week takes place October 23-31 during which time many municipalities and organizations bring attention to their commitment to healthy and drug-free lifestyles. Residents, businesses and organizations are encouraged to wear red and display red ribbons during this week-long campaign.

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As Morgan read the proclamation he encouraged New Providence residents “to participate in drug prevention education activities, not only during Red Ribbon Week, but all year long, making a visible statement that we are strongly committed to a drug-free Community.”

Morgan handed the proclamation to Councilman Jim Madden, who is the liaison to the Municipal Alliance Committee.

In other news the council appointed Bernadette Cuccaro to the Municipal Alliance Committee.