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  • Kids and Positive Messages

    Posted 7/16/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    A few weeks ago, we wrapped filming for the Middle School PSA Challenge, one of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey’s many school based programs. Every year, we ask for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students to write scripts for 30 second public service announcements encouraging their peers to say no to drugs.

  • Narcan made available in Ocean County

    Posted 7/9/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    The Narcan program, which was introduced in Monmouth and Ocean County to put the lifesaving antidote in the hands of law enforcement and first responders, has been a great tool against opioid abuse. It has been so successful that Governor Christie plans to expand the program to all 21 New Jersey counties.

  • Report: Rising number of "drugged drivers" on the roads

    Posted 7/2/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    A new study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that larger number people are “driving drugged”, meaning they are operating motor vehicles under the influence of prescription drugs. According to this recent post in the Join Together blog, drivers aged 50 and up are involved in prescription drug related traffic accidents.

  • Report: Methamphetamine on the Rise

    Posted 6/25/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    According to a new SAMHSA report released a few days ago and the Join Together Staff from our friends at The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, hospitals across the United States experienced a sharp and dramatic increase in methamphetamine related visits between 2007 and 2011. How bad is it?

  • One Year Ago This Week...

    Posted 6/18/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    It’s hard to believe it’s been a whole year since the launching of the PDFNJ blog. Or should I say the award-winning PDFNJ blog thanks to our recent accomplishments at the New Jersey Ad Club Annual Awards dinner two weeks ago?

  • Do No Harm Week Recap

    Posted 6/13/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    Greetings from the road! The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey, along with our partners at the Drug Enforcement Administration – New Jersey Division, have embarked on the Do No Harm symposium 2014 tour with the kick-off event, Tuesday, at Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, NJ.

  • 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.

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