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  • Do No Harm: A symposium to discuss ways to end prescription drug abuse

    Posted 6/4/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    We’re less than a week away from the launching of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey’s Do No Harm symposium series. The pilot program, which was held at Hackensack University Medical Center back in October 2013, was a rousing success and was attended by medical professionals, local, state, and local law enforcement, and prevention and treatment professionals to discuss possible solutions to the opioid epidemic gripping our state.

  • New Jersey #3 in the Country for Heroin Abuse

    Posted 5/29/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    Last week, for the 10th year in a row, we gathered together some of the best young, musical talent in the state of New Jersey for a night of powerful prevention messages. When I think about some of the great songs that have been shared through our Shout Down Drugs competition, it's encouraging to know that there are concerned young people out there willing to use their talents to make a difference.

  • Narcan saving lives in Ocean County

    Posted 5/14/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    If there any doubters out there that Narcan is a vital lifesaving tool for our first responders in ending the opioid epidemic gripping our state, then please consider this recent article from ABC 7. Thanks to Ocean and Monmouth Countys’ new pilot program, allowing for police officers and EMS personnel to carry Narcan, an antidote designed to reverse the effects of heroin overdose, 6 lives have already been saved this year.

  • Parents need to be informed

    Posted 5/7/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    Later tonight, we will be partnering with our friends from The Bridge in West Caldwell to host an important event educating parents about the opioid abuse issue gripping our state. It’s sure to be a great and informative night for families in the area and we are looking forward to seeing everyone there.

  • Study says that marijuana use affects the brain

    Posted 4/30/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    With the ever changing landscape of the marijuana legalization debate and new stories being published on a daily basis, this statement bears repeating: studies show that even casual marijuana use causes changes to the brain. According to a study sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse NIDA , casual marijuana users show abnormalities in the amygdala and the nucleus accumbens, two regions of the brain associated with emotion and motivation.

  • ANGELINI: Don't ignore fact marijuana is addictive, destructive drug

    Posted 4/23/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    Our great friend and partner, Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini, executive director of Prevention First, wrote this opinion piece for the Asbury Park. Her words are part one of a two part series about the possible risks of marijuana legalization in New Jersey.

  • Glow Parties and why parents should be concerned

    Posted 4/16/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    There’s the old saying about how good guys finish last. Thankfully it’s only a saying.

  • What is the number one reason for accidental deaths in New Jersey?

    Posted 4/9/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    If you are still having trouble believing that our state is currently dealing with a substance abuse issue at an epidemic level, then consider this article from NJ.com.

  • A 5 Minute Message that Every Parent Must Read

    Posted 4/2/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    The rising number of overdose deaths in Bergen County made news last week but all too often we only see numbers instead of the people they represent. On March 21, Linda Lajterman posted this moving letter to her Facebook account in response to her son's passing.

  • Report: Heroin deaths on the rise in Bergen County

    Posted 3/26/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    Much of the narrative surrounding New Jersey’s growing heroin problem has centered on Ocean County. And understandably so.

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