Celebrate Being Drug Free

By NFP on Jun 17, 2020 12:59:38 PM

Print out the Red Ribbon Theme sign, add your name, hold it up and post a photo that shows us you’re committed to living drug free.

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Does your local landmark light up?

By NFP on Jun 15, 2020 1:46:00 PM

How about your school, office building, local bridge or stadium? Find out if it can be turned red in honor of Red Ribbon Week.

Facts about vaping

By Audri Amoro on Apr 17, 2020 9:33:00 AM

The Red Ribbon Campaign has partnered with the Lung Love Foundation in order to bring you the facts about the dangers of vaping. The organization was started after its founder, Chance Ammirata nearly died after Juuling. To learn more about the organization visit:

Click the link to watch Chance’s CBS News interview Chance's story.

Click here to view our Vaping Fact Sheet.

Does vaping put you at higher risk for contracting COVID-19?

By Audri Amoro on Mar 25, 2020 9:35:00 AM

Because it attacks the lungs, the virus could pose a serious threat to those who smoke or vape. People with opioid use disorder and methamphetamine use disorder may also be vulnerable due to those drugs' effects on respiratory and pulmonary health. Read more here: COVID-19

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Enrique Camarena Red Ribbon Award recipient

By Audri Amoro on Feb 26, 2020 9:38:00 AM

Sunny Lofton, Principal of La Vista Center in Fair Oaks, California is the 2020 recipient of the Enrique Camarena Red Ribbon Award. The annual award recognizes and honors individuals who have made a significant contribution to the field of drug prevention, and the winner personifies Agent Camarena’s belief that one person can make a difference.

Red Ribbon Fridays

By Audri Amoro on Feb 21, 2020 9:40:00 AM

Teachers, we want to hear from your students. Ask them to think of a time when they took an opportunity to encourage someone to stay drug free.

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Red Ribbon Campaign Announces 2020 National Red Ribbon Week Theme

By Audri Amoro on Feb 3, 2020 9:45:00 AM


Miami (February 3, 2020) – The Red Ribbon Campaign unveiled its new 2020 Red Ribbon Theme, “Be Happy. Be Brave. Be Drug Free. ™” which was chosen from hundreds of submissions through a national contest, and will be used throughout 2020 in thousands of schools and communities across America.

Submitted by Tricia Nelson, a Physical Education Teacher at Locust Corner Elementary School in Cincinnati, the theme will help amplify the campaign’s mission which is to encourage children, families and communities to live healthy, safe and drug-free lives. The theme will especially be highlighted during Red Ribbon Week®, the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention program, taking place each year from October 23 through 31st .

A first year Elementary School teacher, Tricia aims to instill hope and strength in her students. “I often tell my students that they are brave and strong, especially if they are having a hard time with a new activity,” she said. She emphasized the importance of the Red Ribbon Campaign’s message which she hopes will resonate when challenges arise. “I love how the campaign starts a difficult conversation between students and teachers,” she said. “I hope that when faced with tough decisions, students look back, remember Red Ribbon Week and make healthy choices.”

Last year, Tricia’s students participated in a dress up day called “Sock it to Drugs.” Students also discussed making healthy choices and talked about their future hopes and dreams. “I really would like the theme to inspire others for use as their mantra. Bravery is not just for superheroes.”

Each year the National Family Partnership (NFP) sponsors the Red Ribbon Theme Contest by inviting Americans across the country to submit a unique slogan that captures the essence and mission of the campaign.

“We really strive to give educators and students a chance to shape the campaign in a way that is meaningful and relevant to the community each year,” said Peggy B. Sapp, NFP President. “So many of our youth are fascinated by superhero culture from Superman and Wonder Woman to Captain Marvel and Spider-Man. It’s only fitting that this year we encourage them to be happy, brave and drug free.”

Theme submissions are accepted beginning January 1 through December 2. Winners receive national recognition and $500 worth of Red Ribbon Week themed merchandise for their local K- 12 school. Individuals who are interested in purchasing Red Ribbon Themed products should visit, the official supplier of the Red Ribbon Campaign.

Get involved! Share your Red Ribbon plans/events here. Check out our 2020 Red Ribbon Planning guide here, and get a head start on purchasing your Red Ribbon themed supplies by visiting, the official supplier of Red Ribbon Campaign themed merchandise.


The National Family Partnership was established in 1980 and is a national leader in drug prevention, education and advocacy. Its mission is to educate families, and to help kids grow up safe, healthy and drug free, through the promotion of two national campaigns: Red Ribbon Week® and the Lock Your Meds campaign for prescription drug abuse awareness. Learn more about Red Ribbon Week at, Lock Your Meds at and NFP at


The Red Ribbon became a symbol for drug prevention in 1985, in response to the murder of DEA Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena. Informed Families started the first county-wide Red Ribbon campaign in 1986. In 1988, NFP sponsored the first National Red Ribbon Week® celebration. Today, the Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. Since that time, the campaign has reached millions of U.S. children and families.

Have you heard of the Dry January Challenge?

By Audri Amoro on Jan 13, 2020 9:46:00 AM

Have you heard of the Dry January Challenge? Dry January is a campaign urging people to abstain from alcohol during the month of January. Learn more about how taking a break from drinking for 30 days can lead to lasting health benefits. 

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National Family Partnership Announces Winners of the 9th Annual National Red Ribbon Photo Contest

By Audri Amoro on Dec 2, 2019 10:19:00 AM

Miami, FL (December 2, 2019) – National Family Partnership (NFP) is proud to announce the 20 winners of its 9th Annual National Red Ribbon Week Photo Contest, that was held in conjunction with National Red Ribbon Week which takes place each year from October 23 through 31.

Co-sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency, the annual contest invited families and schools across the country to decorate the fronts of their homes and school campuses with a double-looped red ribbon in order to draw attention to the importance of staying drug free.  This year all submissions were required to incorporate the 2019 campaign slogan, Send A Message. Stay Drug Free.™

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By NFP on Nov 1, 2019 9:16:00 AM

Stamp to Raise National Awareness about the Dangers of Drug Misuse