NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The National Red Ribbon Campaign will be celebrated throughout the nation Oct. 23-31. The Borough Council recognized Red Ribbon Week with a proclamation which Mayor Al Morgan read at the Tuesday, Oct. 9 council meeting.

Alcohol and drug abuse in this nation has reached “epidemic stages and it is imperative that visible, unified prevention education efforts by community members be launched to eliminate the demand for drugs,” the proclamation read. Furthermore, the National Red Ribbon Campaign offers citizens the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to drug-free lifestyles including no use of illegal drugs and no illegal use of legal drugs.

During Red Ribbon Week the entire community, including businesses, government, parents, law enforcement, media, medical institutions, religious institutions, schools, senior citizens, service organizations, and youth are encouraged to demonstrate their commitment to healthy, drug-free lifestyles by wearing and displaying red ribbons during the week-long campaign, Morgan said and invited New Providence residents to participate in drug prevention education activities and commit to a drug-free town.

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The town will be decorated with red ribbons on Oct. 17 starting at 2 pm, Councilwoman Nadine Geoffroy said. She explained that Red Ribbon week is sponsored by the Municipal Alliance, a community organization dedicated to drug and alcohol prevention and the mental well-being of students. There will be special age-appropriate programs related to drug and alcohol prevention at all schools during Red Ribbon week.

Morgan noted that every community in the county and the state has been affected by the opioid crisis. He also noted that the new Union County Prosecutor is very proactive in trying to thwart the drug problem in the county. Morgan also pointed out that drug related incidents have been going down in Union County. However, “we have to be vigilant,” Morgan said.