NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Each year, the New Providence Alliance to Prevent Alcohol and Drug Abuse sponsors a week of activities in the community to raise consciousness about drug abuse. October 19-31 will be Red Ribbon Week in New Providence.  As you walk around town you will see red ribbons visible all around the town as the community observes Red Ribbon Week.

On October 19, the New Providence Middle School Peer Leaders walked to Centennial Park to kick off Red Ribbon Week week. Mayor Al Morgan was there to help the middle school students get the week started and read a proclamation to those who attended. The students then walked around New Providence and tied red ribbons around the lampposts in the center of town in recognition of drug education and prevention. The New Providence elementary school children will be given red bracelets to wear throughout the week as a pledge to lead a drug-free life. There will also be an anti-drug themed dance for the Middle School students at the culmination of Red Ribbon Week, with a DJ funded by the New Providence Alliance. 

National Red Ribbon Week was first celebrated in 1988. It was established in response to the death of Drug Enforcement Agent Enrique Camarena, who was murdered by drug dealers while on duty in Mexico in 1985.  As a memorial, Camarena’s colleagues began wearing small badges of red satin, which have come to symbolize a stand against drugs. Today, people across the country wear a red ribbon during this week in October to demonstrate their opposition to illegal drugs.

The Red Ribbon Week is sponsored by the Municipal Alliance of the Borough of New Providence. Residents are asked to join in a personal commitment to a drug-free America by wearing and displaying red ribbons during Red Ribbon Week.